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Generic name: etoposide

Bristol-Myers Squibb

What it does:
Treats various types of cancer; being tested for treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Kaposi’s sarcoma

Traditional dosage:
Dosages vary for small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer, used in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
High-dose cyclosporine and drugs such as levamisole hydrochlor can cause interactions. Use of a live virus vaccine could be complicated by weakened immune mechanisms. Do not deliver by bolus intravenous injection.

Side effects:
Most serious: severe allergic reaction, alopecia (hair loss), chills or fever, nausea, constipation, abdominal pain Other: rash, unusual tiredness
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