Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: VePesid
Generic Name: etoposide (oral) (Pronunciation: ee TOE poe side)
What is etoposide (VePesid)?
Etoposide is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Etoposide is used to treat cancer of the lung or testicles. It is usually given with other cancer medicines in a combination chemotherapy.
Etoposide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Etoposide 50 mg-MYL
capsule, pink, imprinted with E50
What are the possible side effects of etoposide (VePesid)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: fever, chills, sweating, fast heartbeats, fainting; hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious 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 etoposide (VePesid)?
Do not receive etoposide if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Do not break or open the etoposide capsule. Do not use a pill that has been accidentally broken. The medicine from a broken capsule can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water or rinse your eyes with water. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to safely handle and dispose of a broken tablet or capsule.
Etoposide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using etoposide. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease.
Using etoposide 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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