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Bleo 15k (bleomycin) Disease Interactions

There are 2 disease interactions with Bleo 15k (bleomycin):


Bleomycin (Includes Bleo 15k) ↔ Pulmonary Infiltrates/Fibrosis

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Pulmonary Impairment

Pulmonary pneumonitis occurs in 10% of patients during bleomycin therapy and 1% progress to pulmonary fibrosis and death. Although pulmonary toxicity is age and dose related, occurring primarily in patients over 70 years of age and in those receiving a total dose > 400 units, it has occurred in younger patients at a lower dose. Extreme caution should be exercised when administering bleomycin in patients with compromised pulmonary function. Patients should be instructed to immediately report symptoms of dyspnea, cough, or congestion. Close clinical monitoring of pulmonary function is recommended.


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Bleomycin (Includes Bleo 15k) ↔ Renal Dysfunction

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Renal Dysfunction

Bleomycin is primarily eliminated by the kidney. Approximately 60% to 70% of bleomycin is excreted in the urine as active drug. Moderate renal failure reduces elimination to < 20% of the drug. Extreme caution should be exercised when administering bleomycin in patients with existing or predisposition to significantly compromised renal function. Close clinical monitoring of renal function is recommended.


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Bleo 15k (bleomycin) drug Interactions

There are 192 drug interactions with Bleo 15k (bleomycin)

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

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