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Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Drug Type:
DNA-repair enzyme inhibitor
How the Drug is Given:

Intravenously (IV)


Indications and Usage

Teniposide is FDA approved along with other medicines as induction therapy to treat people who have refractory childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer. This medicine often causes a temporary loss of hair. After treatment with teniposide has ended, normal hair growth should return.

Side effects needing medical attention

Chills (severe); fever; hives; palpitations; difficulty breathing; dizziness; weakness; facial flushing; unusual tiredness or fatigue; unusual bruising or bleeding; rash; sores on mouth or lips; diarrhea; nausea; vomiting. It is important to tell your healthcare provider right away if redness, pain, swelling or a lump under the skin occurs in the area where the injection is given.  

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