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How It Works
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
Why It Is Used
Vinorelbine slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer cells in
the body. It is commonly used to treat non-small cell lung cancer, breast
cancer, and bladder cancer.
How Well It Works
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.
Possible serious side effects of vinorelbine
- Allergic reactions. Signs of allergic
reaction can include trouble breathing; swelling or closing of the throat;
swollen face, tongue, or lips; or
- Feeling extremely tired, bruising or
bleeding easily, or signs of infection such as a fever or chills.
These symptoms may mean that the medicine caused the numbers of your
white or red blood cells or platelets to drop.
- Pain at
the injection site.
- Belly pain or
- Shortness of breath or chest
- Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet
Less serious side effects are more common and may
- Nausea, vomiting,
and loss of appetite.
- Mouth sores (stomatitis), a sore throat, and
- Hair loss. This is reversible, and hair will grow back
when treatment ends.
- 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
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Vinorelbine should be administered only under the supervision of a
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after
taking this medicine. Discuss fertility with your doctor before starting
Vinorelbine can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if
you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or to father a child while you are
Vinorelbine can damage the tissue around a vein if it leaks into
the tissue while it is being given. Tell your health professional immediately
if you notice any stinging or burning around the vein while the medicine is
Vinorelbine can cause changes in the way your liver functions. Tell
your doctor immediately if:
- You have belly pain.
- Your urine
- Your skin or the whites of your eyes develop a yellow
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