Blenoxane; Bleomycin Injection, USP
- This drug may cause very bad and sometimes deadly lung problems. Patients with kidney problems and children getting a large dose over all treatments have more chance of having these problems. 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 not thinking clearly or with logic, 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.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- 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 your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with 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.
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 or breast-feeding a baby:
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy.
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- 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 the amount of urine passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
- Very bad mouth irritation.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Cough that does not go away.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Change in skin or finger nails.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Weight loss.
- Not hungry.
- Hair loss.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- It is given as a shot.
- It is given into the lung cavity.
- Your child will be closely watched by the doctor.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to your child in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
Bleomycin©2015 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Generated on November 26, 2015