Severe breathing problems and lung disease can occur with Bleomycin , especially in elderly patients and those receiving more than a total dose of 400 units of Bleomycin . A severe reaction consisting of low blood pressure, mental confusion, chills, and wheezing has rarely occurred in patients who have lymphoma. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms or if you develop cough, tightness in the chest, or any other breathing problems.
Treating certain types of cancer, including testicular cancer, squamous cell cancer, Hodgkin disease, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also used to treat or prevent fluid accumulation in the chest cavity caused by a tumor. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Bleomycin is an antineoplastic antibiotic. The way it works is not fully understood. It is thought to interfere with cell reproduction and growth, reducing the number of cancer cells in the body.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Bleomycin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Bleomycin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Bleomycin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Bleomycin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bleomycin .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Chills; confusion; dark bands in nails; hair loss; itching; loss of appetite; redness, darkening, or tenderness of the skin; sore mouth; tiredness; weight loss.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; cough; fever, chills, confusion, or wheezing; lightheadedness; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; pain, redness, or swelling at injection site; severe stomach pain; sharp or crushing chest pain; slurred speech; sudden leg pain; sudden, severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting; sudden shortness of breath.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Bleomycin :
Store Bleomycin in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Mixed medicine may be stored at room temperature, 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), for up to 24 hours. Keep Bleomycin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Bleomycin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.