etoposide - injection, Toposar, Vepesid (cont.)

USES: Etoposide is used alone or in combination with other chemotherapies to treat testicular cancer that has not responded to other treatment and small cell lung cancer. Etoposide works by slowing cancer cell growth. It is also commonly known as VP-16.OTHER 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 childhood cancers that have not responded to other treatment, certain types of leukemias, lymphomas, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, another type of lung cancer (non-small cell type), and a certain type of prostate cancer.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is usually given over 30-60 minutes or longer to avoid lowering of blood pressure, which occurs when etoposide is given too quickly. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Certain types of plastics (e.g., IV bags) have been known to crack or leak when undiluted etoposide is used. Consult your pharmacist for details.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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