This medication is a Cytotoxic Chemotherapy agent, prescribed for certain types of cancer such as leukemia, Hodgkin disease, and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Vincristine harms cancer cells causing their death.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein. The recommended dose is 1.4-1.5 mgm2 once weekly. Max: 2 mgweek.
Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. 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. Feeling tired or weak. Numbness and tingling. Pain. Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped. May not be able to get pregnant.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
If you have an allergy to vincristine 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 are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are breast-feeding.
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 100.5°F (38°C) 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. Change in thinking clearly and with logic. Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet. Very hard stools (constipation). Very bad belly pain in the upper, right side. Feeling very tired or weak. Big change in balance. A big weight gain. 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.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
Store it in refrigerator (2°-8°C), protect from light.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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