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Vinblastine Fact Sheet – Everything You Should Know

In this Vinblastine fact sheet, you’ll get to know about the precautions, usage, possible side effects, and the types of cancer that you can treat with this chemo drug.

Vinblastine Fact Sheet

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Here’s the Vinblastine fact sheet to get detailed information about Vinblastine

It Is Used To Treat These Cancers
(Cancer types that you can treat with this chemo drug)

  • Lymphoma
  • Testis
  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Head and neck
  • Bladder
  • Skin
  • Sarcoma

How To Take it
(What are the forms of application)

  • Intravenous

Precautions
(Things that you should avoid)

  • Avoid pregnancy; Vinblastine can cause harm to your baby
  • Don’t receive any vaccination; this is mainly because vaccines need an immune system response to work. Other reasons are vaccines that contain live viruses, which can sometimes cause infections.
  • Do not take aspirin

Mechanism of Action of Vinblastine
(How does the drug affect cancer cells)

Vinblastine inhibits cancer cell division and development by binding to essential cell structures (skeleton).

Drug Interactions
(Medicine that can affect the chemo drug negatively)

  • Aspirin (blood thinner)
  • Augmentin (antibiotic, contains amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium)
  • Bactrim (antibiotic, contains sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)
  • Ciprofloxacin (antibiotic)
  • Dexamethasone (steroid)
  • Omeprazole (reflux)
  • Spiriva (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Lexapro (antidepressant)

Reproductive Concerns
(Things that are related to your sexual health)

  • Prevent becoming pregnant; Vinblastin can harm the DNA of your baby
  • Stop breastfeeding because Vinblastin can be passed to your baby through breast milk

Possible Side Effects
(Unpleasant effects of the treatment)

  • Diarrhea; may lead to severe dehydration
  • Fever
  • Hair loss; is temporary in most of the cases
  • Mouth sores; causes pain and will affect your appetite negatively
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Low white blood cells; depends on the level, you are under higher risk of infection
  • Low red blood cells; can cause your symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue
  • Low platelets; may lead to intestinal bleedings

When To Call the doctor
(Emergency that needs professional support)

  • Vomiting (> 4 times in 24h)
  • Diarrhea (> 4 episodes in 24h)
  • Black stool
  • Blood in the urine; appears when the platelets are low in number
  • Extreme fatigue