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Lynparza (Olaparib)


Lynparza (Olaparib)

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  • Product Details


    LYNPARZA (Olaparib) is an oral chemotherapy medication prescribed to treat certain types of ovarian and breast cancers. LYNZPARZA is prescribed and managed by an oncologist.

    People with cancer have cells that are replicating more often than they should. The replicating cells push into the surrounding tissue, causing damage and taking nutrients intended for other parts of the body.

    LYNZPARZA works by preventing the replication of cancer cells, decreasing tumor growth.


    The usual dose is 300 mg by mouth twice daily. LYNPARZA may be taken with or without food.


    The active ingredient in LYNPARZA is olaparib.

    Fact Table






    0.5-2 hours

    Legal status

    RX Only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    5-11 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    150mg (112 tablets)


    Consult a doctor



    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth (tablets)


    Many different drugs can interact with LYNPARZA. Speak with your oncologist about all of the medications you are taking.

    Example of drug interactions include:

    • Amprenavir
    • Aprepitant
    • Atazanavir
    • Boceprevir
    • Bosentan
    • Carbamazepine
    • Ciprofloxacin
    • Clarithromycin
    • Crizotinib
    • Darunavir/ritonavir
    • Diltiazem
    • Efavirenz
    • Efavirenz
    • Erythromycin
    • Etravirine
    • Fluconazole
    • Fosamprenavir
    • Imatinib
    • Indiavir
    • Itraconazole
    • Ketoconazole
    • Lopinavir/ritonavir
    • Modafinil
    • Nafcillin
    • Nefazodone
    • Nelfinavir
    • Phenytoin
    • Posaconazole
    • Rifampicin
    • Ritonavir
    • Squinavir
    • St. Join's Wort
    • Telaprevir
    • Telithromycin
    • Verapamil
    • Voriconazole


    The tablet and capsule forms are NOT interchangeable. Speak with your doctor if you need to switch from one formulation to another.

    Do not drink grapefruit juice or Seville orange juice during treatment with Lynparza because they can increase the levels of the drug.

    LYNPARZA is toxic to the developing fetus and should not be used by women who are pregnant. Women should not breastfeed while using this medication.

    Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia (MDS/AML) is a rare, but fatal side effect of LYNPARZA. Your doctor should monitor for this condition.

    Side Effects

    Common LYNPARZA side effects can include:

    • Anemia
    • Arthralgia/myalgia
    • Change in laboratory values
    • Constipation
    • Decreased appetite
    • Diarrhea
    • Dysgeusia
    • Dyspepsia
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Influenza
    • Leukopenia
    • Nasopharyngitis
    • Nausea
    • Neutropenia
    • Respiratory tract infection
    • Stomatitis
    • Upper respiratory infection
    • Vomiting


    1. Lynparza [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca; 2018.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Lynparza (Olaparib)

    What is Lynparza (Olaparib)?

    Lynparza (Olaparib) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of certain types of cancer. It belongs to a class of drugs known as poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors.

    How does Lynparza work in cancer treatment?

    Lynparza works by inhibiting the activity of PARP enzymes, which play a role in repairing damaged DNA in cancer cells. By blocking this repair mechanism, Lynparza helps to prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

    Which types of cancer are treated with Lynparza?

    Lynparza is primarily used for the treatment of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and certain types of pancreatic cancer that have specific genetic mutations.

    When is Lynparza prescribed as a treatment option?

    Your healthcare provider may consider Lynparza as a treatment option based on the specific type and stage of cancer you have, as well as the presence of genetic mutations. It is often used in cases where other treatments have not been effective.

    What are the common side effects of Lynparza?

    Common side effects of Lynparza may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and low blood cell counts. It's essential to discuss any side effects with your healthcare provider.

    Can Lynparza be taken with other cancer treatments?

    Lynparza may be used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments, depending on your specific treatment plan. Your healthcare provider will determine the most appropriate approach for your condition.

    How is Lynparza administered?

    Lynparza is usually taken orally in the form of capsules or tablets. The dosing and schedule will be determined by your healthcare provider.

    What should I do if I miss a dose of Lynparza?

    If you miss a dose of Lynparza, follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. It's important not to double up on doses.

    Is Lynparza safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    Lynparza may harm an unborn baby, so it is not recommended during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, discuss this with your healthcare provider. Additionally, Lynparza should not be used while breastfeeding.

    How long will I need to take Lynparza as part of my cancer treatment?

    The duration of Lynparza treatment will be determined by your healthcare provider based on your individual response to the medication and the progression of your cancer. Follow their recommendations for the full course of treatment.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13273

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