Vinblastine

(vin-BLAS-teen) 

Vinblastine is a medicine used to treat certain types of cancer. It is also used to treat histiocytosis X disease. It is available as an injectable medication.

  • If this medication leaks out of the vein it may cause pain and redness at the place where it is being injected. If this occurs to your child, call the clinic / hematologist on call.
  • This medication is usually given in the hospital or clinic. It is important to keep all clinic appointments.
  • This drug may increase your child's sensitivity to the sun. Be careful to limit your child's sun exposure. When going outside with your child have them use sunscreen (SPF 15) and wear protective clothing (long sleeves and hats).
  • If your child develops constipation after being given this drug, contact the child's hematologist or hematologist on call prior to giving any medications to treat the constipation.
  • Your child's doctor may prescribe a stool softener or laxative for your child while they are receiving this medication.
  • Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day while taking this drug in order to ensure adequate hydration.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Hair loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Rash or sunburn
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Mouth sores
  • Swelling of the feet and lower legs
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Seizure
  • Constipation
  • Easy bruising
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty in walking (foot drop)
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jaw pain
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in fingers or toes
  • Fever of 101.5 once, or 100.5 twice, in 12 hours

Last Updated 12/2013