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Epirubicin (Ellence) For the Treatment of Cancer (6883)

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Epirubicin (Ellence)
For the Treatment of Cancer

How It Is Given

This medicine is given by intravenous
injection (IV) for the treatment of cancer.

Common Side Effects
 Nausea and vomiting
 Diarrhea
 Mouth sores
 Complete hair loss, but not
 Reduced blood counts
 Fatigue
 Changes in menstrual cycle

Less Common Side Effects
 Heart muscle changes
 Allergic reaction

When to Call the Doctor
 Shortness of breath, trouble
 Ankle swelling
 Fever greater than 100.8° F
 Redness, tenderness, or swelling at
the injection site

Special Concerns

 This drug is irritating to tissues if it
leaks out of the vein. Tell your nurse
if you feel any burning, stinging, or
pain while the drug is being given.
 Studies may be done before the drug
is given to assess heart function.
 This drug may make your skin more
sensitive to the sun. Use a sunscreen
with SPF of 30 or greater when you
are outside.
 If you have had radiation therapy,
you may develop skin problems,
(redness and itching) in that area.
 Urine will look red for 1-2 days after

Medicines to Avoid
 Cimetidine (Tagamet®)
 Aspirin
 Discuss any heart medicines you are
taking with your doctor before
starting and new medicine.
 Talk with your doctor before getting
any vaccines (such as flu shots).

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have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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