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      • It is used to treat cancer.
      • It may be used for some health problems that are not cancer.
      • Vinblastine harms cancer cells causing their death.


      How to take

      • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.



      • This drug is given as a shot into a vein only.
      • This drug may irritate or harm the vein. It may burn the skin if the drug leaks from the vein when it is given. Tell your nurse if you have any pain or burning when this drug is given.
      • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.


      • If you have an allergy to vinblastine or any other part of this drug.
      • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
      • If you have an infection or an unsafe low white blood cell count.
      • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.


      • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
      • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
      • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Talk with your doctor before using products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
      • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
      • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
      • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
      • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun. Keep protecting yourself from sunburn for at least 5 days after care.
      • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
      • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
      • If you are a man and have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use birth control that you can trust.
      • It is best not to breast-feed.

      Side Effects

      • Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
      • Low white blood cell count.
      • High blood pressure.
      • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
      • Not hungry.
      • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
      • Mouth and lip irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.
      • Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped.
      • Bone pain.
      • May not be able to get pregnant.

      Contact a healthcare provider

      • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
      • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5F (38C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
      • Any bruising or bleeding.
      • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
      • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
      • Not able to pass urine.
      • A big weight loss.
      • Very hard stools (constipation).
      • Very bad belly pain.
      • Feeling very tired or weak.
      • Shortness of breath.
      • Very bad jaw pain.
      • Very bad headache.
      • Seizures.
      • Any rash.
      • Some side effects may happen up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to your doctor.
      • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

      General Statements

      • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
      • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
      • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
      • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
      • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
      • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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