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What is Epirubicin used for?

Epirubicin injection is used to treat breast cancer. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as anthracyclines. It works by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Epirubicin?

The dosage of Epirubicin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Epirubicin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Epirubicin injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

What if you overdose on Epirubicin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Epirubicin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Epirubicin?

  • Amlodipine
  • Cimetidine
  • Diltiazem
  • Docetaxel
  • Felodipine
  • Nimodipine
  • Paclitaxel

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Epirubicin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Epirubicin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Epirubicin can interact with calcium channel blockers.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Epirubicin?

Like other medicines, Epirubicin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Epirubicin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Epirubicin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Epirubicin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Epirubicin can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, stomach pain, and tiredness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Epirubicin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Epirubicin?

Is it possible for me to receive Epirubicin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Epirubicin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Epirubicin?
How will Epirubicin work in my body?
How to reduce the risk of Epirubicin drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Epirubicin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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