How It Works
Etoposide seems to interfere with the growth of cancer cells. This causes cancer cells to die.
Why It Is Used
Etoposide slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
How Well It Works
Etoposide is an effective antitumor medicine. But the type and extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Etoposide should be administered only under the supervision of a medical oncologist.
Taking etoposide can increase your chances of getting an infection, so do your best to stay away from sick people. It may also keep your blood from clotting normally, so be very careful when using sharp objects.
You may not be able to get pregnant or father a child after taking this medicine. Discuss fertility with your doctor before starting treatment.
Etoposide can cause birth defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.
Talk to your doctor before taking etoposide if you have an infection or kidney or liver disease. And let your doctor know if you have had shingles or chickenpox (or have recently been exposed to chickenpox).
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