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All about: Kytril

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Generic Name: Granisetron Injection (gra-NI-se-tron)
Brand Name: Kytril

Kytril is used for:

Preventing nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy and surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Kytril is 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. It works by blocking a chemical called serotonin that can cause vomiting.

Do NOT use Kytril if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Kytril
  • you are taking apomorphine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Kytril :

Some medical conditions may interact with Kytril . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are allergic to other 5-HT3 receptor antagonists (eg, ondansetron)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Kytril . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Apomorphine because the risk of side effects, such as severely low blood pressure or loss of consciousness, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Kytril may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Kytril :

Use Kytril as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Kytril is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Kytril at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Kytril contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Kytril , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Kytril .

Important safety information:

  • Kytril may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Kytril . Using Kytril alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Some forms of this product contain benzyl alcohol, which may cause a severe and sometimes fatal reaction known as "gasping syndrome" in premature, newborn, or low birth-weight infants. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if Kytril contains benzyl alcohol. Use Kytril with extreme caution in premature, newborn, or low birth-weight infants.
  • Use Kytril with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Kytril during pregnancy. It is unknown if Kytril is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Kytril , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Kytril :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Agitation; anxiety; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; indigestion; nausea; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; stomach pain; taste changes; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; unusual muscle movement.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Kytril :

Kytril is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Kytril at home, store Kytril as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Kytril out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Kytril , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Kytril is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Kytril . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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