About Etosid: Etosid (Etoposide) is a medicine that belongs to a larger class of medicines known as topoisomerase inhibitors. This medicine is indicated for patients suffering from different cancer types including lymphoma, testicular cancer, lung, Kaposi’s sarcoma, nonlymphocytic, leukemia, glioblastoma and Ewing’s sarcoma. It is often used as a form of chemotherapy and in most cases, as a combination with different drugs with the most common one being bleomycin. In some instances, the medicine is used in blood stem cell or bone marrow transplants as a conditioning regimen. This medicine may be prescribed to treat different conditions other than those listed here.
How to use Etosid
Etosid (Etoposide) is available as capsule tablets. These tablets should strictly be administered orally only. If your doctor has not offered you specific instructions, you may take the medicine on an empty stomach or with food. For both cases, ensure that you take a full glass of water with each dose. The tablets should be swallowed whole without being split, chewed, crushed or dissolved. Such actions could only mean fast absorption to the blood stream, and this may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine as it has been formulated for slow absorption.
You should use Etosid (Etoposide) for treatment only if your doctor has prescribed the medicine for your condition. There is no general prescription of this medicine and every patient’s dosage is unique. Before prescribing for you a dosage, your physician will consider a number of factors; the condition that you are suffering from and how severe it is, your medical history, your present health condition (illnesses, weight, diet) and whether you are using other medication or not (this includes prescriptions, non-prescriptions, herbal or supplements).
Etosid Side Effects
It is possible for patients taking Etosid (Etoposide) to experience the occurrence of undesired side effects. Some possible effects include nausea, vomiting diarrhea, stomatitis, reversible alopecia, peripheral neuropathy, hypotension with intravenous (IV) injection, local irritation, symptoms of liver dysfunction, CNS effects and thrombophlebitis at the site of injection. This list may not have covered all the possible side effects. For more details on the same and a list of other possible side effects that you most likely will experience, contact your doctor.
This medicine may have effects on lactation and breastfeeding women are discouraged from using the medicine as it may also have undesired effects on the infant. Other categories of patients may not be safe to use this medicine without consent from their doctors. Such include pregnant women, those who are trying to get pregnant, persons suffering from hereditary disorders, chronic illnesses, conditions that have been caused by dysfunction of the liver, kidneys or lungs, persons with known heart diseases. If you suffer from allergies or allergic to any of the medicine’s active ingredients, discuss with your doctor about the risks of using this medicine for treatment of your condition.
Check out for allergic reactions which may be fatal. Stop using this medicine and report to the ER immediately you notice signs such as chest tightness, swelling of different body parts (due to fluid retention), difficulties in breathing and swallowing, skin hives and rashes.