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Etoposide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on May 11, 2020
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Information about Etoposide

Generic Name : Etoposide
Pronunciation : e toe poe' side
Latest prescription information about Etoposide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Etoposide

India : 


International : 

Etopophos, Toposar, VePesid
India- Actitop Cap, Actitop Vial, Beposid Vial, Bioposide Vial, Eside Cap, Eside Inj Vial, Ethopul Vial, Etolon Cap, Etolon Inj, Etosid Inj, Etosid Soft-Gelatin Caps, Read more..

Why is Etoposide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anti-cancer agent, prescribed for lung cancer and testicular cancer.  It slows or stops the growth of cancer cells.

When should Etoposide not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Etoposide?

Testicular cancer- Adult: IV- The recommended dose is 50-100 mg/m2/day from days 1-5.
Small cell lung cancer- The recommended dose is 35 mg/m2/day for 4 days to 50 mg/m2/day for 5 days. May repeat course 3-4 weekly.

How should Etoposide be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Etoposide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease, bone marrow depression, infections, or blood disorder, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It may decrease platelet counts that leads to bleeding; avoid injury or bruising.

Monitor complete blood counts regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Etoposide?

   Blood : Decrease in blood counts.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, tongue inflammation, constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea and taste alteration.
   Miscellaneous : Weakness, hair loss, chills, fever and dizziness and vein inflammation.

What are the other precautions for Etoposide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Etoposide?

Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C), do not freeze.

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