People who have certain types of cancer may receive a medication called etoposide. This prescription drug comes as a capsule that is taken by mouth or as an injection that is given slowly into a vein. The capsules are approved for treating small cell lung cancer, while the injections are approved for treating small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer.
What Is Etoposide?
Etoposide is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of cancer. It belongs to a group of chemotherapy medicines known as plant alkaloids, which are made from certain types of plants. Etoposide is a podophyllotoxin derivative, meaning it is derived from the Mayapple tree (Podophyllum peltatum).
Etoposide comes as a capsule that is taken by mouth and as an injection (Toposar®) that is given intravenously (by IV). Etoposide capsules are approved to treat small cell lung cancer. The injection is approved to treat small cell lung cancer and refractory testicular tumors (cancer of the testicles that has not adequately responded to other treatment).
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