Brand Names : Camptosar, CPT-11
Irinotecan (eye-ri-noe-TEE-kan) belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics.
It is used to treat cancer of the colon or rectum.
Irinotecan interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually
destroyed. Since the growth of normal cells may also be affected by the medicine,
other effects may also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported
to your doctor. Other effects, like hair loss, may not be serious but may
cause concern. Some effects may occur after treatment with irinotecan has
been stopped. Be sure that you have discussed with your doctor the possible
side effects of this medicine as well as the good it can do.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form(s):
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Another commonly used name is CPT-11