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Etoposide Phosphate

When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with etoposide phosphate include the following:
  • Etoposide phosphate comes as a powder that is mixed with liquid and given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion). It is usually given once a day or every other day for up to five days, followed by a three- to four-week break.
  • Etoposide phosphate is given in combination with other chemotherapy medicines.
  • It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 3.5 hours to receive your dose.
  • This medicine is given by a trained healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend you take certain other medicines before your infusion to help prevent certain side effects.
  • Etoposide phosphate can potentially irritate the skin. If the medicine accidentally comes into contact with the skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. It is important to keep all of your appointments to receive etoposide phosphate. However, you may need to miss a dose if you experience serious side effects.

Dosing Information for Etoposide Phosphate

The dose of etoposide phosphate your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your height and weight
  • The type of cancer being treated
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Etoposide Phosphate Dosage for more information.)
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Etoposide Phosphate Drug Information

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