General English name: Bleomycin
Pharmaceutical forms of bleomycin
Bleomycin Drug Information
Bleomycin is used to treat cancer. It may not cure your cancer, but it works by reducing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
It may also be used to control the production of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) caused by tumors that have spread to the lungs. For this condition, bleomycin is inserted through special tubes into the space around the lungs.
The correct amount and method of taking Bleomycin
Read the package leaflet carefully before starting treatment with this medicine. This brochure will help you to get information about the drug and its possible side effects.
The dose and amount of Bleomycin varies from person to person; Use the medicine exactly as your doctor advised.
If you have been given this medicine for pleural effusion, your doctor will insert it directly into your lungs and after 4 hours, your doctor will remove the tubes.
It is injected into a muscle, under the skin or a vein.
The dose of bleomycin and the course of treatment with this drug depend on the patient’s weight and its effectiveness for the patient.
Note the expiration date of bleomycin and do not take the medicine if it has expired.
Never give Bleomycin to another person, even if you have the same symptoms.
Check for drug interactions with bleomycin, and if you are taking a drug that interacts with this drug, talk to your doctor about using your medications.
Bleomycin during pregnancy and lactation
During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily and without consulting your doctor. Bleomycin may be harmful to the fetus.
The effect of Bleomycin on driving
Bleomycin does not cause symptoms such as dizziness or drowsiness, you do not need to avoid driving.
Drug Interaction Bleomycin
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Bleomycin may interact with some drugs, including brentoximab, digoxin, drugs that may damage the kidneys (eg, aminoglycosides such as gentamicin, cisplatin), phenytoin, and some live vaccines (such as BC). , Immunosuppressants (such as natalizumbe, afalizumbe)
Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking bleomycin:
- If you are pregnant, planning to have a baby, or if you are breast-feeding.
- If you have respiratory or lung problems.
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have an immune system problem (you are undergoing chemotherapy or have a bone marrow problem).
- If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.
Side effects of bleomycin
All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some side effects may occur if you take more than the dose of this medicine. If any of these side effects occur, your doctor should be informed:
Pain and redness at the injection site
Loss of appetite
Darkening of the skin
Sores on the lips, mouth and throat
Rash and itchy skin
Weakness, vision problems, chest pain, speech problems: If you have such serious side effects, see a doctor right away.
Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel are due to the use of Bleomycin.
Complications of Bleomycin Overdose (Bleomycin Poisoning)
Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
If you feel that someone has been poisoned and you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, fainting and weakness (fainting), call the emergency room immediately.
Storage conditions of Bleomycin
Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.