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Bleomycin
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Bleomycin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(blee oh MYE sin)

Canadian Brand Names

Blenoxane®; Bleomycin Injection, USP

Mexican Brand Names

Bleolem; Bleomax

Pharmacologic Category

Antineoplastic Agent, Antibiotic

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine may cause severe lung damage. The elderly and people receiving a large total dose (greater than 400 units) are more at risk. Call healthcare provider right away if you have difficulty breathing. Reactions can occur during or several hours after your first or second dose of medicine. Tell healthcare provider if you are feeling dizzy, are unable to think clearly, have fever, chills, or wheezing.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to bleomycin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Bleomycin injures cancer cells causing their death.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

• This medicine is given into the lung cavity.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for appointment.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:59:47.0

Modified: 2010-06-09 13:42:29.0

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