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Generic name Vinblastine
Pronunciation vin-BLAS-teen
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Velban®
Drug type  Antimitotic
How the drug is given Intravenously (IV)

Vinblastine is an FDA-approved chemotherapy agent that is used to treat people who have acute leukemia. It is sometimes used to treat other types of cancer including lymphoma.

Side effects needing medical attention: If vinblastine accidentally seeps out of the vein, it may damage the surrounding tissue and cause some scarring. Your healthcare provider should be notified right away if you notice redness, pain or swelling at the IV site; unusual tiredness or fatigue; fever; chills; sore throat; side or stomach pain; unusual bleeding or bruising; black, tarry stools; difficulty walking; dizziness; double vision; drooping eyelids; headache; jaw pain; depression; numbness or tingling in fingers and toes; pain in fingers and toes; pain in testicles; sores in mouth or on lips; weakness; muscle pain; nausea and vomiting.

 

For information on how to manage the costs of drug therapy, please see Financial Matters and Prescription Drug Coverage, or to speak with an Information Specialist, call (800) 955-4572.

last updated on Tuesday, October 16, 2012