Generic Name : Valrubicin Pronunciation : val ROO bi sin
International- Valstar. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a chemotherapy agent, prescribed for bladder cancer. It works by preventing the cancer cell from reproducing, which results in death of the cancer cell. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients with concurrent urinary tract infections, and hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
IV- The recommended dose is 800 mg, once a week for six weeks. How it should be taken :
It comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bone marrow problems, kidney disease, severe bladder irritation, who are taking other medications, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
* Avoid contact with skin or eyes.
* Men should avoid sex.
* Monitor complete blood cell counts, bladder exams, and urine tests regularly while taking this medication. Side Effects :
Most Common - Urinary frequency, painful urination, urinary urgency, bladder spasm, blood in urine, bladder pain, urinary incontinence, bladder inflammation, night time urination, injection site burning, urethral pain, pelvic pain.
Body as a Whole - Abdominal pain, weakness, back pain, chest pain, fever, headache, uneasiness.
Heart - Dilatation.
Gastrointestinal - Diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, vomiting.
Blood - Anemia.
Metabolic - Low blood sugar and swelling in the extremities.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle pain.
Central Nervous System - Dizziness.
Respiratory - Pneumonia.
Skin - Rash.
Genitourinary - Urinary Retention, urinary tract infection.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store the medication as directed by your physician.
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