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How to use SANCUSO® (granisetron transdermal system)

Before starting SANCUSO

Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some of them may affect how SANCUSO works or how your other medicines work.

Applying SANCUSO

Watch as an oncology nurse reviews the simple steps to apply the SANCUSO patch.

Follow these steps for proper application

  1. Each pouch contains one Sancuso patch
    Remove the patch from the carton; tear the pouch open and remove the patch. Each pouch contains 1 SANCUSO patch stuck onto a rigid plastic film, and a separate clear protective liner.
  2. Remove the thin liner from the printed side of the patch
    Remove the thin, clear protective liner to expose the printed side of the patch.
  3. Carefully bend the patch to remove the rigid lining
    Bend the patch in the middle and remove one half of the rigid plastic film. Be careful not to stick the patch to itself and avoid touching the sticky side of the patch.
  4. Firmly press the patch to the skin and smooth it down
    While holding the remaining half of the rigid plastic film, apply the patch to the skin. Remove the second half of the rigid plastic film and press the whole patch firmly in place with your fingers and smooth down. Press firmly making sure it sticks well, especially around the edges.
  5. Wash your hands immediately after applying the Sancuso patch
    Wash your hands right away after applying the patch to remove any medicine that might have stuck to your fingers.
  6. The Sancuso patch can be worn up to 7 days, depending on how long your chemotherapy treatment lasts
    Keep the patch in place for the duration of the chemotherapy. Remove the patch at least 1 day (24 hours) after chemotherapy is finished. The patch can be worn up to 7 days, depending on the number of days your chemotherapy treatment lasts.


When not to use SANCUSO

Possible side effects of SANCUSO

Indication and Important Safety Information For Patients


SANCUSO® (granisetron transdermal system) is indicated for the prevention of nausea and vomiting in patients receiving moderately and/or highly emetogenic chemotherapy regimens of up to 5 consecutive days duration.


What is SANCUSO® (granisetron transdermal system)? 

SANCUSO is a prescription medicine used to prevent nausea and vomiting in patients receiving some types of chemotherapy treatment. SANCUSO is a skin patch that slowly releases the medicine contained in the adhesive (glue), through clean and intact skin areas into your bloodstream while you wear the patch. SANCUSO is for skin use only.

Who should not use SANCUSO?

Do not use SANCUSO if you are allergic to granisetron or any of the other ingredients in SANCUSO.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using SANCUSO?

What should I avoid while using SANCUSO?

What are the possible side effects of SANCUSO?

The most common side effect of SANCUSO is constipation.

These are not all the possible side effects of SANCUSO. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

To report suspected side effects, contact Kyowa Kirin, Inc. at 1-800-SANCUSO or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

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