STARTING LYNPARZA

Find out what steps you and your doctor need to take before you can start LYNPARZA.

What you need to know before going on LYNPARZA

What you need to know before going on LYNPARZA

Find out if you’re eligible for LYNPARZA

Your doctor may want to perform an FDA-approved genetic test to see if LYNPARZA is right for you.

LEARN ABOUT GENETIC TESTING

How to take LYNPARZA

Taking your medication correctly every day is an important part of staying on treatment.

LEARN ABOUT TAKING LYNPARZA

There are two types of BRCA mutations

Acquired BRCA mutations

Acquired

also known as somatic

This mutation occurs randomly and is not passed down by a family member. It can only be found in your tumor, so blood or saliva testing cannot find acquired BRCA mutations.

Inherited BRCA mutations

Inherited

also known as germline

This mutation is family related. It comes from either your father or mother and can be passed down to your children.

Important things to keep in mind when taking LYNPARZA

  • You should take LYNPARZA exactly as your doctor tells you
  • Swallow the tablets whole—do not chew, crush, dissolve, or divide them
  • Take each dose about 12 hours apart, with or without food
  • Take LYNPARZA by mouth 2 times a day
  • Do not take more than 4 tablets a day
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking LYNPARZA unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may temporarily stop treatment with LYNPARZA or change your dose of LYNPARZA if you experience side effects

Each treatment plan is unique and any questions you might have should be discussed with your doctor.

Foods to avoidAvoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, Seville oranges, and Seville orange juice while you’re taking LYNPARZA. These citrus fruits may increase the levels of LYNPARZA in your blood.

If you miss a doseTake your next dose at the usual scheduled time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the one you missed. Use calendars or schedules to remind you when to take your medicine.

If you take too muchCall your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

LEARN ABOUT MANAGING SIDE EFFECTS

Existing Conditions

Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions
  • have lung or breathing problems
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant, become pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. LYNPARZA can harm your unborn baby and may cause loss of pregnancy (miscarriage)
    • If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider may do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 6 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you might be pregnant following treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Males with female partners who are pregnant or able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA
    • Do not donate sperm during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after your final dose
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if LYNPARZA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 1 month after receiving the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including

prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking LYNPARZA and certain other medicines may affect how LYNPARZA works and may cause side effects.

WHAT IS LYNPARZA?

LYNPARZA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have:

  • advanced ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer with a certain type of inherited (germline) or acquired (somatic) abnormal BRCA gene. LYNPARZA is used alone as maintenance treatment after the cancer has responded to your first treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you
  • ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer, as maintenance treatment, when the cancer has come back. LYNPARZA is used after the cancer has responded to treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy
  • advanced ovarian cancer with a certain type of abnormal inherited BRCA gene, and have received treatment with 3 or more prior types of chemotherapy medicines. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you
  • a certain type of abnormal inherited BRCA gene, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). You should have received chemotherapy medicines, either before or after your cancer has spread. If you have hormone receptor (HR)-positive disease, you should have been treated with hormonal therapy. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you

It is not known if LYNPARZA is safe and effective in children.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION 

LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects, including: Bone marrow problems called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Some people who have ovarian cancer or breast cancer and who have received previous treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or certain other medicines for their cancer have developed MDS or AML during treatment with LYNPARZA. MDS or AML may lead to death. If you develop MDS or AML, your healthcare provider will stop treatment with LYNPARZA.

Symptoms of low blood cell counts are common during treatment with LYNPARZA, but can be a sign of serious bone marrow problems, including MDS or AML. Symptoms may include weakness, weight loss, fever, frequent infections, blood in urine or stool, shortness of breath, feeling very tired, bruising or bleeding more easily.

    Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your blood cell counts:
  • before treatment with LYNPARZA
  • every month during treatment with LYNPARZA
  • weekly if you have low blood cell counts that last a long time. Your healthcare provider may stop treatment with LYNPARZA until your blood cell counts improve

Lung problems (pneumonitis). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worsening symptoms of lung problems, including shortness of breath, fever, cough, or wheezing. Your healthcare provider may do a chest x-ray if you have any of these symptoms. Your healthcare provider may temporarily or completely stop treatment if you develop pneumonitis. Pneumonitis may lead to death.

    Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
  • have lung or breathing problems
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant, become pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. LYNPARZA can harm your unborn baby and may cause loss of pregnancy (miscarriage)
    • If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider may do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 6 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you might be pregnant following treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Males with female partners who are pregnant or able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA
    • Do not donate sperm during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after your final dose
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if LYNPARZA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 1 month after receiving the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking LYNPARZA and certain other medicines may affect how LYNPARZA works and may cause side effects.

    How should I take LYNPARZA?
  • Take LYNPARZA tablets exactly as your healthcare provider tells you
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking LYNPARZA unless your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider may temporarily stop treatment with LYNPARZA or change your dose of LYNPARZA if you experience side effects
  • Your healthcare provider will decide how long you stay on treatment
  • Do not take more than 4 LYNPARZA tablets in 1 day. If you have any questions about LYNPARZA, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • Take LYNPARZA by mouth 2 times a day
  • Each dose should be taken about 12 hours apart
  • Swallow LYNPARZA tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, dissolve, or divide the tablets
  • Take LYNPARZA with or without food
  • If you miss a dose of LYNPARZA, take your next dose at your usual scheduled time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose
  • If you take too much LYNPARZA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away

What should I avoid while taking LYNPARZA?Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, Seville oranges, and Seville orange juice during treatment with LYNPARZA since they may increase the level of LYNPARZA in your blood.

    LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects (see above). The most common side effects of LYNPARZA are:
  • nausea or vomiting. Tell your healthcare provider if you get nausea or vomiting. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines to treat these symptoms
  • tiredness or weakness
  • low red blood cell counts
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • low white blood cell counts
  • changes in the way food tastes
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • low platelet counts
  • upper stomach area (abdominal) pain

These are not all the possible side effects of LYNPARZA. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects related to AstraZeneca products by clicking here. If you prefer to report these to the FDA, either visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click here for complete Prescribing Information, including Patient Information (Medication Guide).

WHAT IS LYNPARZA?

LYNPARZA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have:

  • advanced ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer with a certain type of inherited (germline) or acquired (somatic) abnormal BRCA gene. LYNPARZA is used alone as maintenance treatment after the cancer has responded to your first treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you
  • ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer, as maintenance treatment, when the cancer has come back. LYNPARZA is used after the cancer has responded to treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy
  • advanced ovarian cancer with a certain type of abnormal inherited BRCA gene, and have received treatment with 3 or more prior types of chemotherapy medicines. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you
  • a certain type of abnormal inherited BRCA gene, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). You should have received chemotherapy medicines, either before or after your cancer has spread. If you have hormone receptor (HR)-positive disease, you should have been treated with hormonal therapy. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you

It is not known if LYNPARZA is safe and effective in children.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects, including: Bone marrow problems called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Some people who have ovarian cancer or breast cancer and who have received previous treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or certain other medicines for their cancer have developed MDS or AML during treatment with LYNPARZA. MDS or AML may lead to death. If you develop MDS or AML, your healthcare provider will stop treatment with LYNPARZA.

Symptoms of low blood cell counts are common during treatment with LYNPARZA, but can be a sign of serious bone marrow problems, including MDS or AML. Symptoms may include weakness, weight loss, fever, frequent infections, blood in urine or stool, shortness of breath, feeling very tired, bruising or bleeding more easily.

    Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your blood cell counts:
  • before treatment with LYNPARZA
  • every month during treatment with LYNPARZA
  • weekly if you have low blood cell counts that last a long time. Your healthcare provider may stop treatment with LYNPARZA until your blood cell counts improve

Lung problems (pneumonitis). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worsening symptoms of lung problems, including shortness of breath, fever, cough, or wheezing. Your healthcare provider may do a chest x-ray if you have any of these symptoms. Your healthcare provider may temporarily or completely stop treatment if you develop pneumonitis. Pneumonitis may lead to death.

    Before taking LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
  • have lung or breathing problems
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant, become pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. LYNPARZA can harm your unborn baby and may cause loss of pregnancy (miscarriage)
    • If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider may do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 6 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you might be pregnant following treatment with LYNPARZA
    • Males with female partners who are pregnant or who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after the last dose of LYNPARZA
    • Do not donate sperm during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 3 months after your final dose
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if LYNPARZA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with LYNPARZA and for 1 month after receiving the last dose of LYNPARZA. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking LYNPARZA and certain other medicines may affect how LYNPARZA works and may cause side effects.

    How should I take LYNPARZA?
  • Take LYNPARZA tablets exactly as your healthcare provider tells you
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking LYNPARZA unless your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider may temporarily stop treatment with LYNPARZA or change your dose of LYNPARZA if you experience side effects
  • Your healthcare provider will decide how long you stay on treatment
  • Do not take more than 4 LYNPARZA tablets in 1 day. If you have any questions about LYNPARZA, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • Take LYNPARZA by mouth 2 times a day
  • Each dose should be taken about 12 hours apart
  • Swallow LYNPARZA tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, dissolve, or divide the tablets
  • Take LYNPARZA with or without food
  • If you miss a dose of LYNPARZA, take your next dose at your usual scheduled time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose
  • If you take too much LYNPARZA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away

What should I avoid while taking LYNPARZA?Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, Seville oranges, and Seville orange juice during treatment with LYNPARZA since they may increase the level of LYNPARZA in your blood.

    LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects (see above). The most common side effects of LYNPARZA are:
  • nausea or vomiting. Tell your healthcare provider if you get nausea or vomiting. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines to treat these symptoms
  • tiredness or weakness
  • low red blood cell counts
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • low white blood cell counts
  • changes in the way food tastes
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • low platelet counts
  • upper stomach area (abdominal) pain

These are not all the possible side effects of LYNPARZA. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects related to AstraZeneca products by clicking here. If you prefer to report these to the FDA, either visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click here for complete Prescribing Information, including Patient Information (Medication Guide).