Vepesid (Etoposide) is indicated to use alone or in combination with other medications. It is to treat certain forms of lung cancer such as small cell lung cancer. It is a type of highly malignant cancer that most commonly arises within the lung. This medication helps to slow the development of cancer cells.
How does Vepesid (Etoposide) work?
Vepesid (Etoposide) works by blocking the action of an enzyme in cells called topoisomerase. It is needed for cell replication and tumor growth. Cells need this enzyme to keep their DNA in the proper shape when they are dividing. Blocking this enzyme leads to breaks in the DNA, which leads to cancer cell death.
Why use Vepesid (Etoposide)?
Vepesid (Etoposide) belongs to the group of medications called cytostatic. This medication comes as a capsule for oral use. Each capsule has Etoposide as the active ingredient. This prescription has the strengths of 50 mg and 100 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Vepesid (Etoposide)?
This medication is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It should be swallowed as a whole. Do not break or chew the capsule. You may take it with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Do not increase or suddenly stop this medication without talking to your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster and your risk of side effects will increase.
What are the side-effects of Vepesid (Etoposide)?
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Temporary hair loss
- Trouble swallowing
- Numbness or tingly feeling
- Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Mild itching
- Skin rash
Warnings and Precautions
- While using this medication, avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Unless your doctor says you may do so safely. It may affect how the drug works in your body.
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to the drug. This may have an inactive ingredient that can cause an allergic reaction.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical history. Tell also to your doctor if you have current medications or treatments.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- If you missed a dose, call your doctor right away to obtain a new dosing schedule.
- Keep this at a dry and clean place to avoid contaminations.