What is Bleomycin 15 mg injection?
Bleomycin belongs to the general group of medicines called antineoplastics. Bleomycin (Bioamb EGFR) is a chemotherapy drug manufactured by Cipla Limited. It is recommended that Bleomycin be administered under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.
What is the use of Bleomycin 15 mg Injection?
Given by injection, (Bleocip) is used to treat several types of cancer, including –
- Cervix and uterus cancer,
- Head and neck cancer,
- Testicle and penile cancer and
- Certain types of lymphoma.
Bleomycin also may used for other conditions, as determined by your doctor.
How Does Bleomycin Injection Work?
Cancers form when cells within the body multiply abnormally and uncontrollably. These cells spread, destroying nearby tissues. Bleomycin (Bleocip) works by stopping the cancer cells from growing and multiplying. Bleomycin inserts itself into the strands of genetic material (DNA) inside the cancerous cells and binds them together. This prevents the cells from making genetic material (DNA and RNA) and proteins. These actions prevent the cancerous cells from growing and multiplying and therefore shrink the cancer.
What are the side effects of Bleomycin 15 mg Injection?
When you take Bleomycin cancer medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. Bleomycin may cause some side effects. Most side effects from Bleomycin are common, but a few can be serious. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with Bleomycin:
Common Side Effects of Bleomycin Injection : Fever and chills ; Skin reactions (redness, darkening of the skin, stretch marks on the skin, skin peeling, thickening of the skin, ulceration) ; Hair loss ; Nausea and vomiting ; Poor appetite and weight loss ; Mouth sores etc.
Serious Side Effects of Bleomycin Injection : Abnormally Low Blood Pressure ; Interstitial Pneumonitis ; Lung Fibrosis ; Painful, Red Or Swollen Mouth ; Wheezing ; Stroke ; Heart Attack ; Yellowing of Skin or Eyes etc.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Bleomycin cancer medicine. Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. To learn more about possible side effects of Bleocip (Bleomycin), read the drug label or package insert or talk to your health care provider.
What are the precautions & warnings of Bleomycin Injection?
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For (Bleocip), the following should be considered:
Missed Dose : Missing doses of Bleocip 15 mg can reduce their usefulness and increase the possibility of developing drug resistance, which makes this drug lose their effectiveness. For best results, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of Bleomycin medication as instructed. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Overdose : A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. If you’ve taken more than the recommended amount of Bleomycin 15 mg or enough to have a harmful effect on your body’s functions, you have overdosed. In this case, you should take the medical help as soon as possible. Make sure that you have as much information as possible about the drug, the amount taken, how long ago it was taken, and if it was mixed with any other substance.
Allergies : Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Bleomycin or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes or preservatives. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Pregnancy : Naturally, if you are pregnant and taking Bleocip medicine, one of your greatest concerns will be for your unborn child. Because, this cancer medicine may be harmful for your baby during pregnancy. So, If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this medicine, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus. You must tell about your pregnancy to your doctor. Your pharmacist must understand your condition in order to monitor your health, and so your baby can be protected from infection soon after birth. You can also consult with your doctor about birth control methods that will work for you.
Breast-feeding : Breastfeeding is an essential physiologic process that provides nutrition to the infant and protects the child against infection and immunologic disorders. But, It is not known whether Bleomycin medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Bleomycin.
Medical History : The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of Bleomycin. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially if you:
- are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement etc.
- have a history of diabetes, lupus, pancreatitis, lung or breathing problems, liver problems, stomach or bowel problems or kidney problems etc.
- have problems with your hormone glands (eg, thyroid, pituitary);
- have had a liver & heart transplant;
- have congestive heart failure;
- have circulation problems;
- have a history of HIV;
- have high cholesterol or triglycerides;
- have a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome & skin cancer (melanoma);
- have any type of active infection;
- have a history of hepatitis;
- have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine;
- have recently had surgery or plan to have surgery etc.
What are the storage instructions for Bleocip Injection?
Bleomycin 15 mg Bleomycin injection is handled and stored by a health care provider.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.