Once you have been prescribed epirubicin, dosing will depend on several factors, including your height and weight, other chemotherapy medications you are taking, and any existing medical conditions you may have. Your epirubicin dosage will be administered through an IV, usually at your healthcare provider's office, at an "infusion center," or at a hospital.
The dose of epirubicin hydrochloride (Ellence®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your epirubicin dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Epirubicin Dosing for Cancer
Your healthcare provider will base your epirubicin dose on your body surface area (which is calculated using your height and weight). Your epirubicin dose will vary depending on the other chemotherapy medications you are taking and whether you develop bothersome or dangerous epirubicin side effects.
Considerations for people taking epirubicin include the following:
- Epirubicin is given through an IV.
- Most people receive their epirubicin injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Epirubicin will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
- If you are unsure about anything related to epirubicin or your epirubicin dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.