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All about: Etoposide Capsules

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Generic Name: Etoposide Capsules (EH-toe-POE-side)
Brand Name: VePesid

Etoposide Capsules may decrease your body's ability to fight infections (due to bone marrow suppression). Immediately notify your doctor if you develop symptoms of an infection (persistent sore throat, fever), easy bruising or bleeding, or unusual fatigue. Your doctor will closely monitor you while you are using Etoposide Capsules.


Etoposide Capsules is used for:

Treating patients with lung cancer and recurrent testicular tumors. It is used in combination with other cancer medications.

Etoposide Capsules is an antineoplastic. It works by stopping the tumor cells from dividing (mitosis), which prevents the spread of certain types of cancer.

Do NOT use Etoposide Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Etoposide Capsules

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Etoposide Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Etoposide Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney disease, bone marrow depression, an infection, or a history of blood conditions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Etoposide Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because their actions and side effects may be increased by Etoposide Capsules
  • Cyclosporine because the actions and side effects of Etoposide Capsules may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Etoposide Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Etoposide Capsules:

Use Etoposide Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Etoposide Capsules may be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of Etoposide Capsules, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Etoposide Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • This medicine may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Etoposide Capsules. Using Etoposide Capsules alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • If nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite occurs, ask your doctor or pharmacist for ways to lessen these effects.
  • Etoposide Capsules may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations in which bruising or injury may occur. Report any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark, tarry stools to your doctor.
  • Etoposide Capsules may lower your body's ability to fight infection. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people with colds or other infections. Notify your doctor of any signs of infection, including fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using Etoposide Capsules.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Etoposide Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Etoposide Capsules is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Etoposide Capsules has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Etoposide Capsules during pregnancy. It is unknown if Etoposide Capsules is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Etoposide Capsules.

Possible side effects of Etoposide Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Appetite loss; bruising; diarrhea; hair loss; increased sweating; nausea; voice changes; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chills; cough; decreased ability to fight infection; dizziness; fever; loss of consciousness; seizure; sore throat; sores on the mouth or lips; temporary blindness; tingling of the fingers or toes; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Etoposide Capsules:

Store Etoposide Capsules in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep Etoposide Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Etoposide Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Etoposide Capsules is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Etoposide Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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