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Etoposide (Oral)

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Topoisomerase II Inhibitor Lastet® Cancer-related

Etoposide (Oral) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Etoposide (Oral) cause?

  • Nausea can sometimes occur when you first start taking Etoposide.
  • You may be given an anti-nausea medicine with your treatment.
  • Loss of appetite; changes in tatse
  • Mouth sores or ulcers
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Hair loss is common and may begin within a few days or weeks of treatment.
  • If hair loss occurs, use a gentle baby shampoo and a soft brush. Avoid hair spray, bleaches, dyes and perms.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Chills and rigors
  • Sore throat, hoarseness
  • Pain or difficulty in urination
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes

Before taking Etoposide (Oral), what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist regarding other medicines or supplements you are taking.
  • Use effective birth control during treatment. Inform your doctor if you plan to get or suspect that you are pregnant.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Etoposide (Oral)?

Avoid taking grapefruit and its juice while on Etoposide.

Etoposide (Oral) - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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