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Etoposide is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells. This medicine may be given in the clinic, hospital, or at home. The schedule and dose depends on the type of cancer, child’s age, and method of administration.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function. Blood pressure will also be checked before and after IV administration.
May be taken as a capsule or liquid by mouth
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be given into the cerebrospinal fluid by intraventricular delivery (Ommaya reservoir)
Not all patients who take etoposide will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience long-term or late effects of treatment that may continue or develop months or years after treatment ends. Possible late effects due to etoposide include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.