What is Sancuso?Sancuso is used to prevent nausea and vomiting in people receiving some types of chemotherapy. Sancuso is a skin patch that slowly releases the medicine into your bloodstream through your skin.
What is the most important information I should know about Sancuso?Since Sancuso is a patch, mild skin-site reactions may occur. If any irritation localized or generalized are experienced, the patch should be removed
Avoid direct exposure of application site to natural or artificial sunlight by covering with clothing while wearing the patch and for 10 days after removing it.
Who should not take Sancuso?Patients who are allergic to Sancuso or any components of the patch should not use this medication.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Sancuso?Tell your doctor about all your health conditions and all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal supplements. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to medical adhesive tape, adhesive dressings, or other skin patches, have pain or swelling in your stomach area (abdomen), or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Apply a single transdermal system (patch) to the upper outer arm a minimum of 24 hours before chemotherapy. The patch may be applied up to a maximum of 48 hours before chemotherapy as appropriate. Remove the patch a minimum of 24 hours after completion of chemotherapy. The patch can be worn for up to 7 days depending on the duration of the chemotherapy regimen
How should I take Sancuso?The transdermal patch should be applied to clean, dry, intact healthy skin on the upper outer arm. Do not place Sancuso patch on skin that is red, irritated, or damaged.
Each patch is packed in a pouch and should be applied directly after the pouch has been opened.
Do not cut the patch into pieces.
Do not apply Sancuso to areas that have been treated with creams, oils, lotions, powders or other skin products that could keep the patch from sticking adequately to your skin.
You can continue to shower and wash normally while wearing the Sancuso patch.
Do not re-use the patch after you remove it.
Remove the Sancuso patch by peeling it off gently. The used patch will still contain some of the medicine. After removing the used patch, fold it in half so that the sticky side sticks to itself. Throw the used. folded patch into the garbage, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not re-use the patch. Wash your hands after handling the patch. You may see mild redness on the skin where the patch is removed. This redness should go away within 3 days. If redness continues, tell your healthcare provider.
What should I avoid while taking Sancuso?Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or tanning lamps.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sancuso?If Sancuso is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Sancuso with other forms of granisetron.
What are the possible side effects of Sancuso?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: constipation, local skin irritation, abdominal pain
Can I receive Sancuso if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Sancuso is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Its effects during breastfeeding are unknown. Speak with your doctor if your are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Sancuso?If you forget to apply the patch, put it on as soon as you remember as long as it is 24 to 48 hours prior to chemotherapy.
How should I store Sancuso?Store in the original packaging at room temperature.