epirubicin - injection, Ellence
GENERIC NAME: EPIRUBICIN - INJECTION (epp-ih-REWB-ih-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Ellence
WARNING: Epirubicin must be given only by injection slowly into a vein. Do not inject into a muscle or under the skin. If this medication accidentally leaks into the skin/muscle around the injection site, it may cause severe damage. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice redness, pain, or swelling at or near the injection site.
This medication may infrequently result in serious (rarely fatal) heart problems (including heart failure). This may occur both during treatment or months to years after treatment is completed. The risk of heart problems is affected by your dose, medical history (including previous heart disease, radiation treatment to the chest area), and previous use of this and other drugs (including doxorubicin). Tell your doctor immediately if you notice symptoms such as fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or swelling ankles/feet.
Epirubicin may cause certain severe blood and bone marrow disorders (low or abnormal 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, easy bleeding/bruising, or signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat).
Very rarely, people with cancer who are treated with this type of medication have developed other cancers (e.g., secondary leukemia). The risk may be increased when this medication is given with certain anti-cancer drugs (especially in high doses) or radiation treatment. Consult your doctor for more details.
Before starting treatment with this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver problems. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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