Available as capsules or an injection, etoposide is used to treat certain types of cancer. The recommended dosage of etoposide is highly individualized and based on factors like your height and weight, the type of cancer being treated, and other medications you are taking. In some cases, this medication may need to be given in a hospital, where you can be carefully monitored.
An Introduction to Your Dosage of EtoposideThe dosage of etoposide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular etoposide product you are using
- The type of cancer being treated
- Your height and weight
- How you respond to and tolerate 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.
What Is the Recommended Etoposide Dosage for Testicular Cancer?Like many chemotherapy medicines, etoposide dosing is based on body surface area, which is normally calculated using your height and weight. Doses based on body surface area are expressed as milligrams per meter squared (mg per m2).
The dosage of etoposide injection for treating cancer of the testicles is highly individualized. Doses generally range from 50 to 100 mg per m2 once a day for 5 days to 100 mg per m2 every other day for 3 doses (days 1, 3, and 5 of a treatment cycle). People with kidney or liver disease are normally given lower dosages.
After receiving etoposide for five days, you will be given a break in treatment. The doses you receive and the break period make up a treatment cycle. Etoposide treatment cycles are normally repeated every three to four weeks. Your healthcare provider will tell you how many treatment cycles you will need.