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If you have lung cancer or testicular cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend chemotherapy treatment with etoposide injection. This prescription medicine works by disrupting the DNA multiplication process, preventing cancer cells from growing and dividing. Possible side effects may include nausea, reduced appetite, and hair loss. This drug is given intravenously by a healthcare provider.
What Is Etoposide Injection?Etoposide injection (Toposar®) is a prescription chemotherapy medication approved to treat cancer of the testicles in men who have not adequately responded to other treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation treatment). It is also approved to treat a type of lung cancer known as small cell lung cancer. Etoposide injection is approved for use in combination with other chemotherapy medications.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, etoposide injections can cause side effects. As with other chemotherapy medicines, the side effects can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
- Low blood cell counts
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Loss of appetite.