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Navelbine Side Effects

Generic name: vinorelbine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 30, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about vinorelbine. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Navelbine.

Applies to vinorelbine: intravenous solution.


Intravenous route (Solution)

Myelosuppression: Severe myelosuppression resulting in serious infection, septic shock, hospitalization and death can occur. Decrease the dose or withhold vinorelbine in accord with recommended dose modifications.

Serious side effects of Navelbine

Along with its needed effects, vinorelbine (the active ingredient contained in Navelbine) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking vinorelbine:

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Less common


Incidence not known

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking vinorelbine:

Symptoms of overdose

Other side effects of Navelbine

Some side effects of vinorelbine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to vinorelbine: intravenous solution.


Very common (10% or more): Neutropenia (89%), anemia (89%), leukopenia (88%), thrombocytopenia (29%)

Frequency not reported: Febrile neutropenia[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): AST increased (67%), bilirubin increased (13%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Nausea (44%), constipation (35%), vomiting (20%), diarrhea (17%), stomatitis (15%), abdominal pain

Common (1% to 10%): Esophagitis

Rare (less than 0.1%): Paralytic ileus, pancreatitis

Frequency not reported: GI bleeding[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Injection site reactions (e.g., erythema, burning sensation, venous discoloration, local phlebitis)

Rare (less than 0.1%): Local necrosis

Frequency not reported: Neutropenic septicemia[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Peripheral neuropathy (25%), neurological alterations (e.g., loss of deep tendon reflexes)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Severe paresthesia with sensory and motor symptoms[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Alopecia (12%)

Rare (less than 0.1%): Generalized skin reactions

Frequency not reported: Erythema of hands and feet

Postmarketing reports: Pruritus, urticaria[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Phlebitis, chest pain

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypotension, hypertension, flushing, peripheral coldness

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Ischemic heart disease (e.g., angina pectoris, myocardial infarction), severe hypotension, cardiovascular collapse

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Tachycardia, palpitations, altered heart rhythm

Frequency not reported: Myocardial infarction[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea, cough

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bronchospasm

Rare (less than 0.1%): Interstitial lung disease

Postmarketing reports: Pneumonia, pulmonary edema[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Lower limb weakness

Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, myalgia, pain in jaw

Rare (less than 0.1%): Severe hyponatremia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Dysuria[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Stomatitis (15%), anorexia, weight loss

Common (1% to 10%): Weight gain

Frequency not reported: Anorexia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Systemic allergic reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock, anaphylactoid reaction)

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Common (1% to 10%): Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections (e.g., respiratory tract, urinary tract, GI tract)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Severe sepsis, septicemia

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Complicated septicemia (sometimes fatal)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Visual disorder[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Asthenia (36%), ototoxicity (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, fever, pain at different sites (e.g., chest pain, pain at the site of the tumor, headache, dizziness, taste disorder

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ataxia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH)[Ref]


1. Product Information. Navelbine (vinorelbine). Glaxo Wellcome. 2001;PROD.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. UK Summary of Product Characteristics.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. Australian Product Information.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.