Etoposide phosphate is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Etoposide phosphate is used to treat cancer of the lung or testicles.

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  • Etopophos
  • More common
    Black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blood in the urine or stools
    chest pain
    chills
    cough
    fever
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    shortness of breath
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    swollen glands
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common
    Blurred vision
    confusion
    cough
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of warmth
    headache
    hives
    itching
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
    pounding in the ears
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    skin rash
    slow or fast heartbeat
    sweating
    tightness in the chest
    wheezing
    Rare
    Bone pain
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain, severe
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    cough or hoarseness
    dark urine
    diarrhea
    difficult breathing
    drowsiness
    joint or muscle pain
    loss of appetite
    lower back or side pain
    muscle tremors
    nausea or vomiting
    rapid, deep breathing
    red, irritated eyes
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    restlessness
    seizures
    stomach cramps
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with etoposide may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Hair loss or thinning of the hair
    swelling or inflammation of the mouth
    weight loss
    Incidence not known
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    change in taste
    constipation
    cracked lips
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    heartburn
    lack or loss of strength
    pain or burning in the throat
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • (etoposide phosphate) injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution