Vincristine: Uses & Sides Effects

Vincristine is used to treat cancer.

How is this medicine (Vincristine) best taken?

Use vincristine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into a vein.
  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

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

If you have an allergy to vincristine or any other part of vincristine.

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 Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome.

If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with 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 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 Vincristine?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take vincristine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.

Some side effects may happen up to 2 weeks after the shot. Report them to the doctor.

You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.

If you have upset stomach, throwing up, diarrhea, or are not hungry, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects.

If you have constipation, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower this side effect.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use of some vaccines with vincristine may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

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 the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.

Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking vincristine.

If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking vincristine, call your doctor right away.

Side Effects

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:

  • Constipation.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Weight loss.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Hair loss.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Not hungry.
  • Headache.
  • Bone, joint, or muscle pain.
  • Back pain.

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

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.