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Generic Name: Vincristine (vin-KRIS-teen)Brand Name: Vincasar PFS

If Vincristine accidentally leaks into surrounding tissue, the skin and/or muscle may be severely damaged. Notify your doctor immediately if you feel pain or irritation at the injection site. Fatalities have occurred when vincristine was injected into the spine. This drug is for intravenous (IV, into a vein) use only.

Vincristine is used for:

Treating certain types of cancer (eg, leukemia, Hodgkin disease, and non-Hodgkin lymphomas).

Vincristine is an antineoplastic. It works by targeting cancer cells and interfering with their replication.

Do NOT use Vincristine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vincristine
  • you have a disease of the nervous system, herpes zoster virus infection (eg, shingles), or chickenpox

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Vincristine :

Some medical conditions may interact with Vincristine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an infection, low blood platelets, low white blood cells, blood problems due to chemotherapy, liver problems, muscle problems, or a disease of the nervous system
  • if you have received radiation therapy or other chemotherapy

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vincristine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cisplatin, cyclosporine, itraconazole, or streptogramins (eg, quinupristin) because the side effects of Vincristine may be increased
  • Digoxin or hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because effectiveness may be decreased by Vincristine

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Vincristine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Vincristine :

Use Vincristine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Vincristine is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Vincristine is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • If Vincristine contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Vincristine , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Vincristine .

Important safety information:

  • Vincristine may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Vincristine . Using Vincristine alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell count, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Vincristine with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially bladder and urination problems.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Vincristine has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while taking Vincristine . If you think you may be pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Vincristine during pregnancy. It is unknown if Vincristine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Vincristine .

Possible side effects of Vincristine :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; hair loss; nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); cough or sore throat; fever or chills; hearing changes or loss of hearing; mouth sores; muscle weakness; numbness or tingling of your fingers or toes; pain in the bones, muscles, or jaw; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; seizures; stomach pain; trouble urinating; unusual bruising or bleeding; vision changes or loss of vision.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include seizures.

Proper storage of Vincristine :

Vincristine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Vincristine at home, store Vincristine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vincristine , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vincristine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Vincristine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Vincristine Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • vincristine Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • vincristine Intravenous Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information

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