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Epirubicin

Information

Uses

Epirubicin is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and stomach cancer

How it works

Epirubicin works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Loss of appetite, Reduced blood platelets, Hair loss, Anemia, Diarrhoea, Discoloration of urine, Mucosal inflammation, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Febrile neutropenia, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)

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Expert advice

  • Use appropriate contraception during treatment with epirubicin, if you are women of childbearing potential.
  • Male patients should not to father a child during and for 6 months after stopping epirubicin treatment.
  • Inform you doctor if you have or had suffered problems with your heart, liver or if you have severe infection such as urinary infection.
  • Do not drink fluids for 12 hours before the treatment if epirubicin is to be used in the bladder.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Epirubicin

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Is epirubicin a vesicant (agent that causes tissue blistering and damage)?
Yes, epirubicin is a vesicant; it may cause tissue blistering if it leaks out of the vein

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Is epirubicin an anthracycline?
Yes, epirubicin belongs to anthracycline class of anti-cancer medicines

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Is epirubicin a doxorubicin?
Epirubicin and doxorubicin are both anticancer agents that belong to the anthracycline group

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Is epirubicin an antibiotic?
Epirubicin is an anticancer antibiotic

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What is epirubicin used for?
Epirubicin is used in the treatment of various cancers including cancer of the breast, ovary, stomach, lung, bowel or rectum, malignant lymphomas (a type of blood cancer of infection-fighting cells of the blood) such as Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia (blood cancer), multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer of infection-fighting cells of the blood). It may be used in bladder cancers and to prevent reoccurrence of bladder cancer after surgery

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What is epirubicin made from?
Epirubicin is made from natural products produced by species of soil fungus Streptomyces

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How is epirubicin given?
Epirubicin is given by injection into the vein or through a catheter into the bladder

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How effective is epirubicin?
Epirubicin is effective in the treatment of various cancers including cancer of the breast, ovary, stomach, lung, bowel or rectum, malignant lymphomas (a type of blood cancer of infection-fighting cells of the blood) such as Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia (blood cancer), multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer of infection-fighting cells of the blood). It may be used in bladder cancers and to prevent reoccurrence of bladder cancer after surgery. It effectively slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body

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How much does epirubicin cost?
The price of epirubicin may vary depending upon the brand prescribed to you. Please read the instruction on the package for the correct price of the product.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)