How does this medicine work?

Vinblastine (vin-blass-teen) is a chemotherapy medicine that destroys cancer cells by interfering with a specific phase of cell life.

How is the medicine given?

Vinblastine is given into a vein (IV) in the hospital or clinic.

What are the side effects?


  • low blood cell counts


  • hair loss


  • constipation
  • muscle weakness


  • skin rash
  • headache
  • jaw pain
  • tingling of hands and feet
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting

Vinblastine can cause severe tissue burn if the medicine leaks from a vein.

When should I call the clinic?

Call hematology helpline 982403210 if:

  • fever or chills
  • sore throat
  • no stool (bowel movement) for 2 days or more
  • jaw pain not helped by paracetamol
  • sunburn
  • bleeding
  • unusual bruising
  • tingling or weakness of hands or feet
  • signs of allergic reaction:
    • sudden rash or hives
    • itching
    • wheezing
    • trouble breathing – call 112

What else do I need to know?

All caregivers should wear gloves when handling urine, stool, and vomit while your child is receiving the chemotherapy and for 48 hours afterward. Urine, stool, and vomit can be safely disposed of in septic tanks and the sewer system.

Any clothing or bed linens that are contaminated with urine, stool, or vomit should be washed separately from other laundry in hot water and detergent. Anyone handling the contaminated laundry should wear gloves.

Blood samples will be needed to check the effects of the vinblastine. Blood counts are lowest one week after the medicine is given.

Most neurologic effects (jaw pain, tingling, and muscle weakness) are reversible after stopping the medicine or decreasing the dose.

A high-fiber diet or stool softener may be given to prevent or treat constipation.

You and your child should know the names of all the medicines he or she is taking. It is important to share this information with anyone involved in your child’s care.


This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call:

Hematology Clinic
3rd floor, Kedar
Opp.Krupa Petrol Pump,
Parimal Garden, Ambawadi
Clinic: 07926463219
Whattsapp: 8238065890