Generic Name: Vincristine (vin KRIS teen)
Brand Name: Vincasar PFS
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 20, 2020.
- This medicine is given into a vein only. If given other ways, Vincasar PFS (vincristine) can be deadly. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- 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.
The Vincasar PFS brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.
Uses of Vincasar PFS:
- It is used to treat cancer.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Vincasar PFS?
- If you are allergic to Vincasar PFS (vincristine); any part of Vincasar PFS (vincristine); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Vincasar PFS (vincristine).
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 Vincasar PFS (vincristine) 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 Vincasar PFS?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Vincasar PFS (vincristine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Some side effects may happen up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to the doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Low blood cell counts have happened with Vincasar PFS (vincristine). If blood cell counts get very low, this can lead to bleeding problems, infections, or anemia. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat; any unexplained bruising or bleeding; or if you feel very tired or weak.
- If you are 65 or older, use Vincasar PFS (vincristine) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect fertility. Fertility problems may lead to not being able to get pregnant or father a child. In both men and women, this may go back to normal but sometimes it may not. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm to an unborn baby. Women must use birth control while taking Vincasar PFS (vincristine). If you get pregnant, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Vincasar PFS) best taken?
Use Vincasar PFS (vincristine) 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.
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?
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of dehydration like dry skin, mouth, or eyes; thirst; fast heartbeat; dizziness; fast breathing; or confusion.
- Shortness of breath.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Muscle weakness.
- Trouble walking.
- Change in balance.
- Not able to move.
- Severe constipation or stomach pain. These may be signs of a severe bowel problem.
- Loss of eyesight.
- Not able to control eye movements.
- Hearing loss. This can be long-lasting.
- Throat, neck, or jaw pain.
- Trouble passing urine, pain when passing urine, passing urine in a weak stream or drips, or passing urine more often.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with Vincasar PFS (vincristine). Call your doctor right away if you have 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.
What are some other side effects of Vincasar PFS?
- Hair loss.
- Stomach cramps.
- Weight loss.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Not hungry.
- Back, bone, joint, or muscle pain.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Constipation, diarrhea, throwing up, and upset stomach are common with Vincasar PFS (vincristine). 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.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Vincasar PFS?
- If you need to store Vincasar PFS (vincristine) 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 all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Vincasar PFS (vincristine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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