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It slows the growth of cancer cells
               



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What is this medicine?

VINCRISTINE (vin KRIS teen) is a chemotherapy drug. It slows the growth of cancer cells. This medicine is used to treat many types of cancer like Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, non- Hodgkin's lymphoma, neuroblastoma (brain cancer), rhabdomyosarcoma, and Wilms' tumor.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood disorders
  • gout
  • infection (especially chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung disease
  • nervous system disease like Charcot- Marie- Tooth (CMT)
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vincristine, other chemotherapy agents, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This drug is given as an infusion into a vein. It is administered in a hospital or clinic by a specially trained health care professional. If you have pain, swelling, burning, or any unusual feeling around the site of your injection, tell your health care professional right away.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • itraconazole
  • mibefradil
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cyclosporine
  • erythromycin
  • fluconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • medicines for HIV like delavirdine, efavirenz, nevirapine
  • medicines for seizures like ethotoin, fosphenotoin, phenytoin
  • medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim
  • other chemotherapy drugs like cisplatin, L- asparaginase, methotrexate, mitomycin, paclitaxel
  • pegaspargase
  • vaccines
  • zalcitabine, ddC

Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoprofen
  • naproxen

               
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