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ETOPOSIDE PHOSPHATE - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Etopophos
WARNING: This medication may cause certain severe blood and bone marrow problems (low red blood cells/white blood cells/platelets). This can affect your body's ability to stop bleeding or fight infection. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop unusual tiredness, signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat), or easy bruising/bleeding (such as black stools, bloody vomit).
USES: Etoposide is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat testicular cancer and certain forms of lung cancer (such as small cell lung cancer). Etoposide works by slowing the growth of cancer cells.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used to treat certain types of leukemias and lymphomas, ovarian cancer, certain types of bone cancer, and a certain type of prostate cancer.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by slow injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually every day or every other day for a total of 3 to 5 doses. This cycle may be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks.
This medication may cause low blood pressure. Tell your doctor or other health care professional if you feel dizzy. Your injection may need to be stopped or given more slowly.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to treatment. Your doctor will check your blood counts to make sure you can receive your next cycle. Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
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