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vinorelbine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving vinorelbine (Navelbine)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it, or if you have severely low white blood cell counts.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:

  • liver disease;
  • bone marrow suppression;
  • a nerve disorder; or
  • if you have received radiation therapy or other cancer treatments.

FDA pregnancy category D. Vinorelbine can cause harm to an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Before you receive vinorelbine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether vinorelbine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are being treated with vinorelbine.

How is vinorelbine given (Navelbine)?

Vinorelbine is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. The medicine must be given slowly through an IV infusion.

Vinorelbine is usually given once every 7 days. You may also receive the medication once every 6 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when the medicine is injected.

Vinorelbine can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. To be sure your blood cells do not get too low, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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