Information about Etoposide

Etoposide Uses

Etoposide is used in the treatment of small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer.

How Etoposide works

Etoposide is an anti-cancer medication. It works by suppressing the activity of an enzyme (topoisomerase II) involved in DNA multiplication of the cancer cells. This slows the growth of cancer cells and eventually kills them.

Common side effects of Etoposide

Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets), Decreased white blood cell count, Diarrhea, Hair loss, Liver damage, Low blood platelets, Nausea, Rash, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Vomiting
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Available Medicine for Etoposide

PosidCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
130 to ₹5753 variant(s)
EtolonCelon Laboratories Ltd
1241 variant(s)
BioposideBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
1421 variant(s)
EtosidCipla Ltd
190 to ₹3802 variant(s)
OncosidUnited Biotech Pvt Ltd
1871 variant(s)
EtoplastNeon Laboratories Ltd
116 to ₹4702 variant(s)
TopokMax India Ltd
2101 variant(s)
FytosidFresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
2021 variant(s)
TopsideVenus Remedies Ltd
2751 variant(s)
EtoglanGland Pharma Limited
1991 variant(s)

Expert advice for Etoposide

  • Etoposide is given as a slow infusion in the vein by a healthcare provider only.
  • Do not skip any dose and complete the course as suggested by your doctor.
  • Use an effective method of birth control to avoid pregnancy while taking this medication.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor your electrolyte levels, liver function, blood cell count in your blood.
  • Let your doctor know if you notice a skin rash, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and swelling of the tongue.

Frequently asked questions for Etoposide


Q. Is Etoposide a FDA approved vesicant/irritant?

Yes, Etoposide is a FDA approved vesicant/irritant

Q. Is Etoposide dialyzable?

No, Etoposide is not dialyzable

Q. Does Etoposide cause leukaemia?

Yes, Etoposide may cause leukaemia. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.


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