Active ingredients: bleomycin
What it is used for
Bleomycin is used for palliation and/or treatment adjuvant to surgery and radiation therapy and in the management of the following neoplasms: squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, head and neck, and oesophagus is the primary indication for bleomycin. Tumour response has been obained in a number of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis, larynx and uterine cervix. Infrequent response has been shown in squamous cell carcinoma of the bronchus. Treatment of choriocarcinoma and embryonal cell carcinoma of the testis is also indicated. Bleomycin has been effectively used in advanced Hodgkin's Disease and in some cases of other lymphomas such as non-Hodgkin's, and also in cases of mycosis fungoides.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Intraarterial.
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Protect from Light
- Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.
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A cream to white coloured lyophilised powder or plug.
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
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For the active ingredient bleomycin
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