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    A semisynthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin, etoposide can be administered orally or intravenously. It is often used for neoplastic disease. Chemically, etoposide is 4′-demethylepipodophyllotoxin 9-[4,6-0-(R)-ethylidene-(beta)-D-glucopyranoside] and has molecular formula: C 29 H 32 O 13 . Possible side effects include: low blood counts, nerve numbness, shortness of breath, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, and diarrhea.

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