Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride) is indicated as a component of adjuvant therapy. It is in patients with evidence of axillary node tumor involvement of primary breast cancer. This is used after surgery whose cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
How does Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride) work?
Malignant breast cancer is categorized by out-of-control development of breast cells. The female breast is composed of glands that create milk called lobules. Patients may develop cancer in different parts of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer begins in the ducts.
Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride) works by attacking and damaging the DNA. It is in the cancer cells that make it unable to divide and reproduce. In which it results in the death of cancer cells.
Why use Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride)?
Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride) is an anti-cancer and chemotherapy drug. This is classified as an anthracycline antitumor antibiotic. This drug is provided as a sterile, translucent red solution. It is available in polypropylene vials with 50 and 200 mg of Epirubicin hydrochloride. It is also a preservative-free and ready-to-use solution. This medication was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999.
How to use Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride)?
Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride) is given by injection into a vein by a doctor or healthcare professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.
The recommended starting dose of this medication is 100-120mg. It is administered intravenously repeated 3-4 week cycles. Drink plenty of fluids while using this drug. Doing it so helps decrease the risk of certain side effect.
If this medication touches your skin, wash the area well with plenty of water right away. You may also use soap and water or a mixture of baking soda in plenty of water. If this gets in your eye, open the eyelids and flush with water for 15 minutes, then call your doctor right away.
What are the side-effects of Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride)?
- Feeling weak or tired
- Temporary hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Missed menstrual periods
- Mild nausea
- Puffy eyelids
- Eye redness
Warnings and Precautions
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have medical history especially of heart disease, kidney or liver disease.
- This drug may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
- This is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.