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    Etoposide Injection

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    May.11.2023

    Etoposide Solution for injection

    What is this medication?

    ETOPOSIDE (e toe POE side) treats some types of cancer. It works by slowing down the growth of cancer cells.

    This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

    How should I use this medication?

    This medication is injected into a vein. It is given by your care team in a hospital or clinic setting.

    Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.

    Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

    What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

    Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

    • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
    • Infection—fever, chills, cough, sore throat, wounds that don't heal, pain or trouble when passing urine, general feeling of discomfort or being unwell
    • Low red blood cell level—unusual weakness or fatigue, dizziness, headache, trouble breathing
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

    • Diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Hair loss
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Where should I keep my medication?

    This medication is given in a hospital or clinic. It will not be stored at home.

    NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

    What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

    They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

    • Infection
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Low blood counts, such as low white cell, platelet, red cell counts
    • An unusual or allergic reaction to etoposide, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
    • If you or your partner are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
    • Breastfeeding

    What may interact with this medication?

    • Warfarin
    This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

    What if I miss a dose?

    Keep appointments for follow-up doses. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your care team if you are unable to keep an appointment.

    What should I watch for while using this medication?

    Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medication.

    This medication may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your care team tells you to stop.

    This medication can cause serious side effects. To reduce the risk, your care team may give you other medications to take before receiving this one. Be sure to follow the directions from your care team.

    This medication may increase your risk of getting an infection. Call your care team for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

    This medication may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your care team if you notice any unusual bleeding.

    Talk to your care team about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medication.

    Talk to your care team if you may be pregnant. Serious birth defects can occur if you take this medication during pregnancy and for 6 months after the last dose. You will need a negative pregnancy test before starting this medication. Contraception is recommended while taking this medication and for 6 months after the last dose. Your care team can help you find the option that works for you.

    If your partner can get pregnant, use a condom during sex while taking this medication and for 4 months after the last dose.

    Do not breastfeed while taking this medication.

    This medication may cause infertility. Talk to your care team if you are concerned about your fertility.

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