How does this medicine work?
Vincristine (vin-kris-teen) destroys cancer cells by interfering with a specific phase of cell life. It is also used to increase the platelets in the blood by blocking the activity of macrophages, blood cells that normally destroy platelets.
How is the medicine given?
Vincristine is given by rapid push into the vein (IV) in the hospital or clinic.
What are the side effects?
- hair loss
- tingling in hands and feet
- muscle weakness
- jaw pain
- low-blood counts
- low-grade fever
When should I call the clinic?
Call hematology helpline 982403210 if:
- fever higher than 100.4º F
- unusual bruising
- tingling or weakness of hands or feet
- jaw pain that paracetamol does not help
- no bowel movement for 2 days or more