Olaparib is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

How Olaparib works
Olaparib is an anticancer medication. It works by inhibiting the growth of select tumor cell lines in vitro and decrease tumor growth in both as monotherapy or following chemotherapy.
Common side effects of Olaparib
Nausea, Fatigue, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Headache, Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets), Taste change, Cough, Breathlessness, Indigestion, Abdominal pain
How should I take Olaparib ?
You should take Olaparib exactly as directed by your doctor. It should be started by doctors who have experience in administering cancer medicines. Take it once a day with or without food. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with Olaparib, as the chances of side effects may be more.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dose of Olaparib by less than 12 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the scheduled time. However, if you miss a dose by more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call a doctor.

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    Olaparib tablets are used to help people who have completely or partially reacted to their first or subsequent chemotherapy treatments sustain their response to specific forms of ovarian, fallopian tube (tube that transfers eggs), and peritoneal (layer of tissue that lines the abdomen) cancer. Olaparib tablets are also used to treat certain types of breast cancer that have spread to other places of the body and have not improved or worsened despite various treatments. Olaparib pills are also used to treat a kind of prostate cancer that has migrated to other parts of the body, is resistant to medical or surgical procedures to reduce testosterone levels, and has progressed following therapy with enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Yonsa, Zytiga).


    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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