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Velcade (bortezomib) Disease Interactions

There are 6 disease interactions with Velcade (bortezomib):


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) cardiac toxicity

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Heart Disease

Acute development or exacerbation of congestive heart failure and new onset of decreased left ventricular ejection fraction have occurred during treatment with bortezomib, including in patients with no risk factors. Patients with risk factors for, or existing heart disease should be closely monitored. There have also been isolated cases of QT interval prolongation but causality has not been established.


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) diabetes

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Diabetes Mellitus

Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia was reported during clinical trials in diabetic patients in treatment with oral hypoglycemics and receiving bortezomib. Patients on oral antidiabetic agents may require close monitoring of their blood glucose levels and adjustment of the dose of their antidiabetic medication when using bortezomib.


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) hepatotoxicity

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Liver Disease

Cases of acute liver failure and other hepatic reactions such as hepatitis, increases in liver enzymes, and hyperbilirubinemia have been reported in patients receiving bortezomib. Monitoring is recommended and caution should be used when using bortezomib in patients with hepatic impairment. The exposure of bortezomib is increased in patients with moderate and severe hepatic impairment, and starting dose should be reduced in those patients.


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) hypotension

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Dehydration

There was an incidence of 8% of hypotension in patients receiving bortezomib therapy. Caution should be used when treating patients with history of hypotension, syncope, dehydration, or taking antihypertensive medication.


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) peripheral neuropathy

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility.

Bortezomib can cause peripheral neuropathy that is predominantly sensory; however cases of severe sensory and motor peripheral neuropathy have been also reported. Patients with preexisting symptoms (numbness, pain or burning feeling in hands or feet) may experience worsening symptoms during treatment. Patients should be monitored for symptoms of neuropathy, and a dose adjustment might be required in those patients that experience them.


Bortezomib (applies to Velcade) pulmonary toxicity

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applicable conditions: Pulmonary Heart or Vascular Disease

There have been reports of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and acute diffuse infiltrative pulmonary disease of unknown etiology in patients receiving bortezomib. Additionally, there have been reports of pulmonary hypertension associated with bortezomib administration in the absence of left heart failure or significant pulmonary disease. Treatment interruption should be considered in the event of new or worsening cardiopulmonary symptoms until a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is conducted. Caution should be exercised when using bortezomib in patients with cardiopulmonary pathologies.

Velcade (bortezomib) drug interactions

There are 389 drug interactions with Velcade (bortezomib)

Velcade (bortezomib) alcohol/food interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food interactions with Velcade (bortezomib)

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
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 interaction information available.

Further information

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