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teniposide - injection, Vumon (cont.)

USES: This medication is used with other anti-cancer drugs to treat leukemia and certain cancers. Teniposide works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.

HOW TO USE: Follow all instructions for proper mixing with the correct IV fluids. Before using, check the product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Particles may form while the drug is being given, especially if it is given over many hours. Read the product labeling to learn how to prevent particles from forming/entering the blood.This medication is given by slow injection into a vein by a health care professional over at least 30 to 60 minutes, usually once or twice a week or as directed by your doctor. This medication may cause low blood pressure. Tell your doctor or other health care professional if you feel dizzy. Your injection may need to be stopped or given more slowly.Dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to treatment. Your doctor will check your blood counts to make sure you can receive your next dose. Be sure to keep all medical/lab appointments.If this medication accidentally leaks into surrounding tissue, the skin and/or muscle may be severely damaged. Tell your doctor immediately if you feel pain or irritation at the injection site.Wear gloves when handling this medication. If this medication touches your skin, immediately wash the area well with soap and water. If this medication gets in your eye, open the eyelids and flush with water, then seek immediate medical attention.Learn how to store and discard needles, medical supplies, and medical waste safely. Consult your pharmacist for details.

SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, and pain/redness at the injection site may occur. Nausea and vomiting can be severe. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Eating several small meals, not eating before treatment, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Temporary hair loss may occur. Normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended.Many people using this medication may have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. To lower your risk of serious side effects, your doctor will follow your condition closely and order lab tests.Pain or sores in the mouth and throat may occur. Brush your teeth gently/carefully, avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol, and rinse your mouth frequently with cool water mixed with baking soda or salt. It may also be best to eat soft, moist foods.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: dizziness/fainting, bloody/black/tarry stool, unusual weakness/tiredness, coughing up blood.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe abdominal pain, slow/shallow breathing, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, difficulty staying awake).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: fast/irregular heartbeat, flushing of the face, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, fever/chills.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.



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