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VePesid Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is etoposide (VePesid)?
- What are the possible side effects of etoposide (VePesid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about etoposide (VePesid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking etoposide (VePesid)?
- How should I use etoposide (VePesid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (VePesid)?
- What happens if I overdose (VePesid)?
- What should I avoid while taking etoposide (VePesid)?
- What other drugs will affect etoposide (VePesid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking etoposide (VePesid)?
You should not use etoposide if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely take etoposide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Using etoposide may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use etoposide if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether etoposide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using etoposide.
How should I use etoposide (VePesid)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Etoposide is usually given as part of a 4-day or 5-day treatment cycle every 3 or 4 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Do not break or open the etoposide capsule. Do not use a pill that has been accidentally broken. The medicine from a broken capsule can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water or rinse your eyes with water. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to safely handle and dispose of a broken tablet or capsule.
Wear disposable rubber gloves when you handle a etoposide capsule. Throw the gloves away after one use.
Etoposide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store etoposide capsules in the refrigerator, do not freeze.
Additional VePesid Information
- VePesid Drug Interactions Center: etoposide oral
- VePesid Side Effects Center
- VePesid Overview including Precautions
- VePesid FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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