Disease Information & Support


The Word:


Generic name Etoposide
Pronunciation e-toh-POH-side
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Etopophos®, Toposar®, VePesid®, VP-16
Drug type  DNA-repair enzyme inhibitor
How the drug is given By mouth or intravenously (IV)

Etoposide is used to treat people who have certain types of blood cancer including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is FDA approved for some types of lung and testicular cancer. This medicine often causes a temporary loss of hair. After treatment with etoposide has ended, normal hair growth should return.

Side effects needing medical attention: Fever; chills; sore throat; sores in mouth or on lips; unusual bleeding or bruising; difficulty walking; numbness or tingling in fingers and toes; pain at the site of injection; rapid heartbeat; shortness of breath or wheezing; weakness; black or tarry stools; blood in urine or stool; back, lower back or side pain; pinhead-sized red spots on skin or rash; itching; sweating; swelling of face or tongue; tightness in throat; loss of appetite; hair loss; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea; unusual tiredness.


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last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012