Etoposide is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.Etoposide is used to treat small cell lung cancer. It is usually given in combination with other cancer medicines.Etoposide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Etoposide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. You may get an infection or bleed more easily. Call your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding, or signs of infection (fever, chills, body aches).You should not use etoposide if you are allergic to it.To make sure you can safely take etoposide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Using etoposide may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.Do not use etoposide if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.