Etopophos

(etoposide phosphate)

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Treats cancer.

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Despite having serious side effects, Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) has been on the market for over 30 years and doctors are very familiar with its effectiveness and safety.

Quick facts about Etopophos
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) has been on the market for over 30 years.
  • There is a lot of evidence of its effectiveness and experience with what side effects you might have with this medication.
  • Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) is available in an injection into the vein, but a different form of this medication (etoposide) is also available. You and your doctor can decide what form is better for you.
  • Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) can be given in a smaller amount of fluid and over a faster period of time compared to another form of the medicine (etoposide) since Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) is not associated with a large drop in blood pressure during injection.
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Downsides

  • When Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) is given by injection, you might experience a serious allergic reaction including, sudden drop in blood pressure, fast heartbeat, dizzines, swelling in your face/hands, trouble breathing, itching, or hives.
  • Can cause lower blood cell counts leading to bleeding, bruising, or infections.
  • Can cause nausea or vomiting.
  • Can cause birth defects. Females should use birth control during treatment and 6 months after, and males should use condoms during treatment and 4 months after.
  • Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) can lead to other types of cancer (such as cancer of the blood or bone marrow) that occurs with long-term treatment.
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How it works

Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) stops cancer cells from multiplying by stopping the DNA from making copies of itself.

Quick facts about Etopophos
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Refractory testicular tumors
  • Small cell lung cancer

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) for Cancer

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  • Possible side effects
  • Low blood cell count
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
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Risks and Warnings for Etopophos (etoposide phosphate)

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  • Low platelet and white blood cell counts can occur, leading to risk of infection and bleeding. Your doctor will do regular blood tests. Tell your doctor if you have a fever, sore throat, or mouth/throat swelling or unusual bleeding.