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

How it works

Etoposide belongs to a group of drugs called antineoplastics. It works by slowing the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Pale colored skin, Abdominal pain, Bloody diarrhea, Numbness, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Constipation, Dizziness, Eye pain, Fainting, Hair loss, Loss of appetite, Sore lip, Sore mouth, Vision disorder, Vomiting, Weakness, Fatigue, Weight loss


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Expert advice

  • 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


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 20 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)