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    Etoposide

    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

    Nausea, Vomiting, Decreased white blood cell count, Hair loss, Low blood platelets, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets), Diarrhea, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Liver damage
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    MMST, MBBS
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    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:30 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Etoposide

    • Avoid contact with people with cold or other infections as etoposide treatment may lower your immunity.
    • Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark, tarry stools.
    • You will be regularly evaluated with lab tests, including complete blood cell counts to monitor your progress or to check for side effects.
    • Do not drive or operate machinery during etoposide treatment as it may cause dizziness.
    • Do not consume this drug if you are allergic to etoposide or any of its ingredients.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Etoposide

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    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)