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Bleomycin (blee oh MYE sin)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: Canada

Blenoxane®; Bleomycin Injection, USP

Warning

  • This drug may cause very bad lung problems. Children getting a large total dose have more chance of getting this. Call your child’s doctor right away if he/she is having trouble breathing. These effects may happen during or a few hours after your child’s first or second dose of the drug. Lung problems may also happen months after this drug has been stopped. Tell your child’s doctor if your child is feeling dizzy, is not thinking clearly, has a fever, chills, or wheezing.
  • Unsafe allergic effects may happen.
  • Sometimes drugs are not safe when your child takes them with other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about all the drugs your child takes.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat cancer.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to bleomycin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has lung disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has had radiation or is getting radiation now, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before your child gets any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of very bad infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried or if any of the unwanted side effects happen after your child is given this drug.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has shortness of breath.
  • If your child shows signs of very bad dizziness or passes out.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child has very bad mouth irritation.
  • If your child has a cough that does not go away.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child is not able to pass urine.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Skin irritation.
  • Mouth irritation or sores. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.
  • Fever.
  • Weight loss.
  • Harm to the lungs may happen.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • This drug may be given as a shot into a vein.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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