Etoposide is a chemotherapy medication used in the treatment of cancer. Cancer forms when there are some cells in the body that multiply either abnormally or uncontrollably. These cells in turn destroy the tissue that are nearby. Etoposide works by stopping the cancer cell from multiplying.
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Etoposide can either be used alone or it can be combined with other medications in the treatment of cancer. Etoposide is also known as VP-16. It slows the growth of cancer cells in the body. The cancers that etoposide may treat include testicular, bladder, lung, stomach, prostate, and uterine. Etoposide can also be used in the treatment of Hodgkin"s and non-Hodgkin"s lymphoma, Wilms tumor, brain tumor, neuroblastoma, Kaposi"s sarcoma, and mycosis fungoides. Etoposide might also be used in other conditions depending on the instruction that your doctor gives to you. Below you will find the uses of Etoposide.
- Small cell lung cancer
- Testicular or ovarian cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Other cancers
Dosage of etoposide depends on the individual and the condition being treated. Before you start using etoposide, ensure that you have read the leaflet and have understood everything that has been written about this medication. If there is something that you do not understand, ask your doctor to clarify it for you. Etoposide may be prescribed as an IV infusion or an oral capsule. If an IV, your doctor will administer and monitor your treatment. Below you will find a typical dosage for etoposide oral.
- Take this pill one hour before or two hours after a meal. Swallow it whole
- Take one tablet daily for 5 days
- Repeat in 21 day cycles as directed by your doctor
Etoposide Side Effects
Like any drug, etoposide may cause side effects. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor. Due to the nature of chemotherapy, many side effects may be unpleasant or persistent. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with etoposide. Note that not all side effects are listed here.
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Dry, cracked lips
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following:
Like any drug, etoposide may interact with other drugs and substances. Your doctor may be already aware of the drug interactions that might affects etoposide and might be monitoring you. Do not start, change or stop medication without consulting with your doctor. Some of the products that might interact with etoposide are listed below. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.