This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
Your doctor will decide how much medicine you should have and when it will be given. A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
Your medicine will be given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand, and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, or diseases of your nerves or muscles, especially Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
If you start to have pain, redness, or swelling where the IV is given, tell your caregiver right away.
You may get infections more easily while getting medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections
This medicine can cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids or fruit juices while you are being treated. Your doctor may also give you medicine to soften your stool.
This medicine may make your mouth sore and irritated. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
This medicine can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
Your doctor may want to check your blood while you are taking this medicine. Make sure to keep all appointments.
Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are being treated with vincristine. Use an effective form of birth control while taking vincristine, and for at least 2 months after stopping the medicine.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.