Generic Name: granisetron hydrochloride
Brand Name: Kytril
Dosage Form: Tablets, Oral Solution
The drug contains granisetron hydrochloride as a main component which is an antinauseant and antiemetic agent.
Kytril is indicated for those patients who used to have nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of emetogenic cancer therapy, including high-dose cisplatin (or caused by such treatment methods as chemotherapy or radiation).
Kytril works by blocking the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting.
Kytril is not to be used in those who are allergic to granisetron, or other components of the drug.
For those who have the following conditions, a dose adjustment or special tests may be necessary:
- liver disease;
- a heart rhythm disorder;
- an electrolyte imbalance;
- a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome.
The drug should be taken exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the larger amounts of the drug.
Kytril is usually taken up to 1 hour before chemotherapy. Measure the liquid form of Kytril with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup.
In case you take too much of the drug, get emergency medical help.
Kytril may cause serious allergic reactions such as:
- difficulty breathing;
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious side effects of the drug are:
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- fever, body aches, flu symptoms;
- easy bruising or bleeding; unusual weakness.
In case you have any of the serious side effects, get emergency medical help at once.
Less serious side effects include:
- stomach pain or upset, loss of appetite;
- diarrhea or constipation;
Kytril may interact with other drugs, ask your doctor if you take any of the drugs, vitamins or herbal products.
Try to follow your doctor’s instructions and avoid physical activity, alcohol or taking certain foods.
The drug should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep away from children and pets.