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Vinorelbine interferes with the cell's ability to reproduce.
Vinorelbine is an
intravenous (IV) medicine. The type and extent of a
cancer determines the exact dose and schedule of administering this
Vinorelbine slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer cells in
the body. It is used to treat cancers, such as non-small cell lung cancer, breast
cancer, and bladder cancer.
Vinorelbine is an effective antitumor medicine. But the type
and extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or
stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
Vinorelbine should be administered only under the supervision of a
medical oncologist. Your oncologist will regularly monitor your blood cell counts.
This medicine may cause serious problems with the large intestines, such as severe constipation, a blockage, a hole in the intestine, or dead tissue. These problems have caused some deaths.
Vinorelbine can damage the tissue around a vein if it leaks into
the tissue while it is being given. Tell your doctor immediately
if you notice any stinging or burning around the vein while the medicine is
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor about fertility before starting treatment.
Taking this medicine may cause sun sensitivity and easy sunburn. Wear a hat
and sunscreen of SPF 30 when you are outdoors, and stay out of the sun as much
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant. If you need to use this medicine, talk to your doctor about how you can prevent pregnancy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
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choice for cancer. Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, 1(7): 41–52.
September 12, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
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