As the caregiver of a friend or family member with ovarian cancer, your day-to-day life may be different from what it was like before your loved one’s diagnosis. Your list of tasks and challenging moments have likely increased, while the amount of time you have for yourself has probably decreased. And while your responsibilities can feel overwhelming at times, it is important that you do not forget to pay attention to your own needs.
Below is a list of ways to help you and your loved one who is taking LYNPARZA remain strong in the fight against advanced ovarian cancer.
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LYNPARZA is a prescription medicine used to treat women with advanced ovarian cancer who have received previous treatment with 3 or more prior chemotherapy medicines or a combination of chemotherapy medicines for their cancer, and have a certain type of abnormal inherited BRCA gene.
Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that LYNPARZA is right for you.
Please see Important Safety Information below.
There are no contraindications (a condition in which the treatment should not be used) for LYNPARZA.
LYNPARZA may cause serious side effects that can lead to death including bone marrow problems and lung problems. Some people who have..Read More ovarian cancer or who have received previous treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or certain other medicines for their cancer have developed bone marrow problems called Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) during treatment with LYNPARZA. 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 to discuss with your healthcare provider include weakness, weight loss, fever, frequent infections, blood in your urine/stool, shortness of breath, feeling very tired, and bruising or bleeding more easily.
You will undergo blood tests before, and every month during, treatment with LYNPARZA to monitor your blood cell counts. Weekly blood tests will be performed 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.
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 (inflammation of the lungs).
Before you take LYNPARZA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions including:
Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice and Seville oranges during treatment as they may increase the levels of LYNPARZA in your blood.
The most common side effects are anemia, nausea or vomiting, tiredness or weakness, diarrhea, indigestion or heartburn, headache, loss of appetite, changes in how food tastes, changes in kidney function blood tests, sore throat or runny nose, upper respiratory infection, cough, pain in the joints, muscles, and back, rash, and pain or discomfort in the stomach area.
These are not all the possible side effects of LYNPARZA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see complete Prescribing Information, including Patient Information (Medication Guide).
The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or healthcare professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about LYNPARZA, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your healthcare professional can decide if LYNPARZA is right for you.