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Common Side EffectsEtoposide has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the medication were carefully documented, so it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how common they were.
- A decrease in white blood cells -- in up to 91 percent of people (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- Hair loss (alopecia) -- up to 66 percent (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Nausea and vomiting -- up to 43 percent (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- A decrease in platelets -- up to 41 percent (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Anemia (low red blood cells) -- up to 33 percent (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Loss of appetite -- up to 13 percent
- Diarrhea -- up to 13 percent (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea)
- Mouth sores or ulcers -- up to 6 percent (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy).
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Liver problems
- Numbness, tingling, pricking, or other unusual sensations in the hands and feet
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- An allergic reaction to etoposide.