The dose of epirubicin 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Epirubicin Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with epirubicin. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of epirubicin include but are not limited to:
- Hair loss (see Epirubicin and Hair Loss)
- Nausea and vomiting (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Leukopenia (low levels of certain white blood cells called leukocytes).
(Click Side Effects of Epirubicin to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Epirubicin can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Epirubicin).