This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often you should take it. Make sure you understand your doctor's instructions.
If you vomit right after you take the medicine, call your doctor.
If a dose is missed:
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose.
Do not breastfeed while you are taking this medicine.
You may get infections more easily while you are taking etoposide. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
This medicine may make your mouth sore and irritated. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
This medicine can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are taking etoposide. Use an effective form of birth control while you are being treated with this medicine.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments. If you become pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Etoposide taken during a pregnancy may be harmful to an unborn baby.