Etoposide Eposin, Etopophos, Vepesid

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Chemotherapy

This chemotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Etoposide (Eposin, Etopophos, Vepesid) which is a chemotherapy drug made from the mandrake plant. It is used to treat many different types of cancer, including lung, stomach, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and testicular cancer. It is often given in combination with other drugs. It is also sometimes used in a conditioning regimen prior to a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant.  It works by blocking the topoisomerase 2 enzyme which is necessary for a cell to divide and grow. Etoposide is taken in capsule form or intravenously.

Side effects can include: increased risk of infection, anaemia (causing tiredness and breathlessness), bruising and bleeding, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, temporary hair loss, loss of appetite, temporary loss of periods, skin rashes and dryness, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea. There is also a small risk you may get a second cancer from this treatment some years into the future.


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