Blenoxane; Bleomycin Injection, USP
- Very bad lung problems have happened with this drug. Rarely, this has been deadly. The risk of lung problems may be higher in people with kidney problems, the elderly, and in people getting more than a total dose of 400 units. Lung problems have also happened in younger people and in people getting low doses. Call the doctor right away if your child has shortness of breath or other breathing problems.
- A very bad reaction has happened in people with lymphoma treated with this drug. These reactions may happen during or within several hours of your child’s dose. Most of the time, these reactions have happened after the first or second dose. Call the doctor if your child passes out, is confused, or has fever, chills, wheezing, or very bad dizziness. Talk with the doctor.
- It is used to treat cancer.
- It is used to stop fluid buildup in the lung cavity.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
If your child is breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby or plans to breast-feed a baby.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- To help with mouth sores, use a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinse the mouth. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your child’s lung function checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.
If your child is pregnant:
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy. If your child is pregnant or gets pregnant while taking this drug, call the doctor right away.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Very bad mouth irritation.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Cough that does not go away.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Very bad irritation where this drug is used.
- Change in skin or finger nails.
- Change in color of skin.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Weight loss.
- Not hungry.
- Hair loss.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- It is given as a shot.
- It is given into the lung cavity.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- 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.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.