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Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, etoposide can cause side effects. Like other chemotherapy medicines, the side effects can be significant. Most people will experience at least one etoposide side effect during treatment, and, for some people, the side effects may limit the amount of etoposide they can receive. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or manage potential reactions from this medication.
Common etoposide side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Decreased blood cell counts
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
(Click Etoposide Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • An infection of any kind
  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Been told you have low albumin levels (hypoalbuminemia)
  • Bone marrow problems
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Etoposide to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
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