vinblastine (generic name)

It slows the growth of cancer cells
(vin BLAS teen)
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • low blood counts - This drug may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, nosebleeds
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • breathing problems
  • changes in hearing
  • change in the amount of urine
  • chest pain
  • high blood pressure
  • mouth sores
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain, swelling, redness or irritation at the injection site
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • problems with balance, dizziness
  • seizures

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • hair loss
  • jaw pain
  • loss of appetite
  • sensitivity to light
  • stomach pain
  • tumor pain

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2009
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