The drug type of VePesid is anti-cancer or chemotherapy drug. It is widely known by its generic name of etoposide. It is classified as topoisomerase II inhibitor and plant alkaloid. Basically, it is intended for use to patients with these kinds of conditions:
* Cancers of bladder, testicular, prostate, stomach, lung and uterine.
* Lymphoma: Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s
* Kaposi’s sarcoma
* Mycosis fungicides
* Brain tumors
* Wilm’s tumor
* Ewing’s sarcoma
If a patient undergoes a bone marrow transplant, this drug can also be administered as a therapy in high dosage.
How is it given?
The medicine can be in tablet form and injection for IVF or intravenous fluid.
This is an irritant which may cause vein inflammation when given through IVF. If for instance, the medicine escapes the vein tissue damage may happen. Hence, it should only be given by trained healthcare professionals.
The dosage and how it should be administered can vary depending on factors like weight and height, current health condition, heart problems and the type of cancer being treated.
Patient receiving this medication may experience low platelet count or low count of white blood cell. There can also be menopause when chemotherapy is induced, loss of hair or alopecia, fertility loss, low blood pressure, vomiting, nausea. There can also be poor appetite, mouth sores, radiation recall, and diarrhea.
While taking it
If there is a pain at the site of IV, applying warm compress can help.
It is also advisable to increase fluid intake.
Infection is likely hence keeping away from crowded places is advised.
An injury is also likely thus, contact activities/sports need to be avoided.
For mouth sores, soft toothbrush and three times per day rinsing of baking soda can help.
For nausea, it is best to eat small yet frequent meals.
Alcohol consumption should be at the minimum it cannot be avoided entirely.
Above all, getting enough rest is highly advisable.