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Vincristine Sulfate Solution for injection

It slows the growth of cancer cells

Generic Name: vinCRIStine

Brand Names: Oncovin, Vincasar PFS, VinCRIStine Sulfate

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    Administration Warnings
  • For IV use only.
  • Fatal if given intrathecally. (See Intrathecal Administration under Cautions.)
  • Extremely important to properly place IV needle or catheter before any vincristine is injected.
  • Leakage into surrounding tissues may cause considerable irritation.
  • Discontinue immediately if leakage occurs; administer remainder of the dose through another vein.
  • Local treatment of leakage area (e.g., with hyaluronidase injection, application of moderate heat) may help disperse vincristine and minimize discomfort and possibility of cellulitis.

    Limit to Qualified Personnel
  • For administration only by individuals experienced in the administration of vincristine.

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

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You will need important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

In some cases, you may be given additional medicines to help with side effects. Follow all directions for their use.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself.

Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

Men may have a lower sperm count while taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor if you plan to father a child.


Last Updated: September 14, 2009
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