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Generic: epirubicin
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This medicine is used to treat breast cancer
               



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What is this medicine?

EPIRUBICIN (ep i ROO bi sin) is a chemotherapy drug. This medicine is used to treat breast cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood disorders
  • heart disease, recent heart attack
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to epirubicin, other chemotherapy agents, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This drug is given as an infusion into a vein. It is administered in a hospital or clinic by a specially trained health care professional. If you have pain, swelling, burning or any unusual feeling around the site of your injection, tell your health care professional right away.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • halofantrine
  • pimozide

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • chloroquine
  • chlorpromazine
  • clarithromycin
  • cimetidine
  • cyclosporine
  • erythromycin
  • medicines for blood pressure like amlodipine, felodipine, nifedipine
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, bepridil, dofetilide, encainide, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine
  • medicines for nausea, vomiting like dolasetron, ondansetron, palonosetron
  • medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim
  • methadone
  • methotrexate
  • pentamidine
  • vaccines

Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoprofen
  • naproxen

               
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