This medication is an anthracycline, prescribed for certain types of breast cancer. It works by killing cancer cells.
Epirubicin harms cancer cells causing their death.
IV- The recommended starting dose is 100 to 120 mgm². It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Color of urine is orange or red for 1 to 2 days after getting this drug. Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Loose stools (diarrhea). Feeling tired or weak. Mouth and lip irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them. Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count. Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped. For women, no period. Eye irritation. Harm to the heart may rarely happen. Irritation where the shot is given.
Call your doctor for an office visit.
If you have an allergy to epirubicin or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have any of these health problems: A fast heartbeat, very bad heart disease, or have had a recent heart attack. If you have had daunorubicin, doxorubicin, epirubicin, idarubicin, or mitoxantrone before, talk with your doctor. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are breast-feeding.
Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain. Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Trouble breathing. Shortness of breath. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very loose stools (diarrhea). A big weight loss. Any bruising or bleeding. Feeling very tired or weak. Very bad skin irritation. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Store it in refrigerator (2° - 8°C). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Discard unused portion.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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