Drug: Vinblastin to Treat NSCLC

VinblastinAbout Vinblastin

Vinblastin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells. It helps to slow down the spread of cancer in the body. This medication works by interfering with cell division so that tumor does not grow and spread further.

In addition to treating non-small cell lung cancer, it is also used in treatment of bladder cancer, head and neck cancers and certain blood disorders.

How to Take Vinblastin

The medication is given via injection into a vein by the doctor or health care professional. Usually, it is given once a week or as directed by the doctor. It should be injected over a minute and should not be mixed in a large amount of solution. You should not apply anything to the site unless instructed by your health care professional. It is vital to follow the recommended dosage schedule. The amount of Vinblastin depends on many factors such as your height and weight, general health conditions and the type of cancer you have. It is recommended to take extra fluids to avoid constipation.

Possible Side Effects

Here, we list the possible side effects of Vinblastin. Some people may not experience all the side effects listed or some may face severe side effects. You should consult your doctor about any side effects being faced.

  • Low blood counts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Taste changes
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Depression

Occasional Side Effects

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Faster heart rate
  • Allergic reaction
  • High blood pressure

Less Common Side Effects

  • Changes to the lungs
  • Nervous system effect
  • Risk of blood clot

Important Points to Remember

You should tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking such as vitamins, herbal supplements and others as some drugs can react together. It is important that you should not become pregnant while having treatment. Also, you should not breastfeed during the treatment as drug may come through in the breast milk.

All information offered in the post is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.

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