Vincristine

(vin-KRIS-teen)

Vincristine is a medicine used to treat certain types of cancer. 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 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.
  • 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
  • Swelling of the feet and lower legs
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Seizure
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty in walking (foot drop)
  • Blurred or double vision
  • 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