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Navelbine

Generic Name: Vinorelbine (vi NOR el been)
Brand Name: Navelbine

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 26, 2019.

Warning

  • This medicine may lower the ability of your bone marrow to make blood cells that your body needs. This may raise the chance of bleeding or infection. Some infections need to be treated in the hospital and can sometimes be deadly. Talk with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will need to watch your blood cell counts and follow you closely to change the dose to match your body's needs. Talk with your doctor.

Uses of Navelbine:

  • It is used to treat lung cancer.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Navelbine?

  • If you have an allergy to vinorelbine or any other part of Navelbine (vinorelbine).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have a low white blood cell count.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Navelbine (vinorelbine) and for 9 days after your last dose.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Navelbine (vinorelbine).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Navelbine (vinorelbine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Navelbine?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Navelbine (vinorelbine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
  • To help with constipation, you may need to drink more liquids, exercise, or include more fiber in your diet. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
  • Men with a partner who may get pregnant must use birth control while taking Navelbine (vinorelbine) and for some time after the last dose. Ask your doctor how long to use birth control. If your partner gets pregnant, call the doctor right away.
  • This medicine may cause harm to an unborn baby. A pregnancy test will be done before you start Navelbine (vinorelbine) to show that you are NOT pregnant.
  • Women must use birth control while taking Navelbine (vinorelbine) and for some time after the last dose. Ask your doctor how long to use birth control. If you get pregnant, call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (Navelbine) best taken?

Use Navelbine (vinorelbine) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given into a vein for a period of time.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Chest pain.
  • Some people have had lung problems with Navelbine (vinorelbine). Sometimes, this has been deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of lung problems like shortness of breath or other trouble breathing, cough that is new or worse, or fever.
  • This medicine may cause very bad constipation sometimes leading to death from bowel block, tears in the bowel, or death of bowel tissue. Call your doctor right away if you have any constipation, rectal pain, or bleeding from the rectum.
  • This medicine may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.

What are some other side effects of Navelbine?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Hair loss.
  • Not hungry.
  • Weight loss.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Constipation, diarrhea, throwing up, and upset stomach are common with Navelbine (vinorelbine). If these happen, talk with your doctor about ways to lower these side effects. Call your doctor right away if any of these effects bother you, do not go away, or get very bad.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Navelbine?

  • If you need to store Navelbine (vinorelbine) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Navelbine (vinorelbine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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