Treats leukemia in combination with other medicines.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. This medicine is given slowly, so your IV tube will remain in place for 30 to 60 minutes.
- You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- You may also receive other medicines to help prevent nausea or vomiting and allergic reactions.
If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking vincristine (Oncovin®), sodium salicylate, sulfamethizole (Thiosulfil®), or tolbutamide (Orinase®).
- This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- This medicine may cause birth defects if either partner is using it during conception or pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you or your partner becomes pregnant.
- Using this medicine may reduce a man's ability to have children, or increase the possibility of birth defects. Talk to your doctor if you would like information on how to store sperm for future use.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, any type of infection, or a history of low albumin (plasma protein).
- Hypotension (low blood pressure) may occur. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure while you are receiving this medicine.
- If teniposide accidentally leaks out of the vein into which it is injected, it may damage some tissue and could cause scarring. Tell the doctor right away if you notice redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site.
- This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
- Cancer medicines can cause nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it. Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Painful mouth sores
- Pain, burning, or swelling where the needle was placed
- Uncontrollable nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Unexplained fever, chills, or sore throat
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 7/4/2015
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