Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Velban

Descriptions


Vinblastine belongs to the group of medicines known as antineoplastic agents. It is used to treat certain kinds of cancer, including lymphoma and cancer of the breast or testicles, as well as some noncancerous conditions.

Vinblastine interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by vinblastine, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects, such as hair loss, may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects do not occur until months or years after the medicine is used.

Before you begin treatment with vinblastine, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

Vinblastine is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, vinblastine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer of the bladder
  • Cancer of the kidneys
  • Cancer of the lungs
  • Cancer of the prostate
  • Germ cell ovarian tumors (a certain type of cancer of the ovaries)
  • Malignant melanoma

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
  • Powder for Solution