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Ellence Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is epirubicin (Ellence)?
- What are the possible side effects of epirubicin (Ellence)?
- What is the most important information I should know about epirubicin (Ellence)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive epirubicin (Ellence)?
- How is epirubicin given (Ellence)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ellence)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ellence)?
- What should I avoid while receiving epirubicin (Ellence)?
- What other drugs will affect epirubicin (Ellence)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Ellence)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your epirubicin injection.
What happens if I overdose (Ellence)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while receiving epirubicin (Ellence)?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using epirubicin, or you could develop a serious infection. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), oral typhoid vaccine, and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.
What other drugs will affect epirubicin (Ellence)?
Many drugs can interact with epirubicin. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with epirubicin, especially:
- acetaminophen (Tylenol);
- auranofin or gold injections to treat arthritis;
- an antibiotic or antifungal medication;
- an antidepressant--amitriptyline, doxepin, clomipramine, desipramine, imipramine, nortriptyline;
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- cholesterol medications--atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin;
- heart or blood pressure medicine--amlodipine, atenolol, carvedilol, digoxin, diltiazem, enalapril, labetalol, lisinopril, methyldopa, nifedipine, verapamil, and others;
- HIV/AIDS medications;
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others;
- other cancer medications, especially docetaxel or paclitaxel; or
- seizure medications--carbamazepine, divalproex, phenobarbital, phenytoin, valproic acid, and others.
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with epirubicin. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about epirubicin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Ellence Information
- Ellence Drug Interactions Center: epirubicin iv
- Ellence Side Effects Center
- Ellence Overview including Precautions
- Ellence FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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