Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Valstar
Generic Name: valrubicin (Pronunciation: val ROO bi sin)
What is valrubicin (Valstar)?
Valrubicin is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Valrubicin interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Valrubicin is used to treat bladder cancer.
Valrubicin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of valrubicin (Valstar)?
If you experience an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives) to valrubicin, seek emergency medical attention.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking valrubicin and talk to your doctor if you experience:
Talk to your doctor immediately if you have prolonged (longer than 24 hours after a dose) red-colored urine or prolonged bladder irritation.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about valrubicin (Valstar)?
Valrubicin should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.
Serious side effects have been reported with the use of valrubicin including: allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); severe heart damage with prolonged use; decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; fever or chills; or signs of infection); severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite; and others. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects from treatment with valrubicin.
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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