Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Ellence
Generic Name: epirubicin (Pronunciation: EP i ROO bi sin)
What is epirubicin (Ellence)?
Epirubicin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Epirubicin is used to treat breast cancer.
Epirubicin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of epirubicin (Ellence)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about epirubicin (Ellence)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to epirubicin or similar medications (Cerubidine, Adriamycin, Idamycin, Novantrone), or if you have an untreated or uncontrolled infection, severe liver disease, severe heart problems, or if you have recently had a heart attack.
Epirubicin can have serious side effects on your heart. Before you are treated with epirubicin, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, or heart attack.
Also tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially about any other cancer medications or treatments you have received (including radiation).
Do not use epirubicin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Epirubicin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using epirubicin, or you could develop a serious infection.
Using epirubicin may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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