Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with vincristine include the following:
- This medication comes in injectable form. It is given through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) once a week.
- The doses are normally given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or infusion center.
- Let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience redness, swelling, or burning at your IV site. This could be a sign of a serious problem that can occur when the drug leaks out of the vein into the surrounding area.
- Vincristine should only be given intravenously (as an IV). It may cause death if administered by other methods.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Chemotherapy generally works best if taken on schedule; however, you may need to miss doses if you develop certain side effects.
The dose of vincristine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on several factors, such as:
- Your age
- Your height and weight
- How you tolerate the medication
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Vincristine Dosage for more information.)
Vincristine may react with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Vincristine).