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Brand Names: Vumon

Generic Name: teniposide (Pronunciation: ten IP oh side)

What is teniposide (Vumon)?

Teniposide is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Teniposide is used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (a type of blood cancer) in children.

Teniposide is usually given after other cancer medications have been tried without successful treatment.

Teniposide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of teniposide (Vumon)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fever, chills, itching, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing;
  • severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, uneven heartbeats;
  • pain, burning, irritation, or skin changes where the injection was given;
  • feeling like you might pass out; or
  • severe nausea and vomiting.

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 teniposide (Vumon)?

Do not receive teniposide if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are receiving teniposide, whether you are a man or a woman. Teniposide use by either parent may cause birth defects.

Before receiving teniposide, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, Down syndrome, bone marrow suppression, low albumin levels, or a weak immune system.

Teniposide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. 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.

Using teniposide may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as fever, chills, flu symptoms, mouth sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, fast heart rate, trouble breathing, severe headache, severe nausea and vomiting, or feeling like you might pass out.



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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