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Brand name: Blenamax

Blenamax is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) bleomycin. On this page you will find out more about Blenamax, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: bleomycin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Blenamax 15 000 international units powder for injection, 10 vials

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Bleomycin is used for palliative treatment and/or adjuvant treatment to surgery and/or radiation therapy in the management of the following neoplasms: The primary indication is the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, head and neck and oesophagus. Tumour response has also been obtained in a number of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis, larynx and uterine cervix. Squamous cell carcinoma of the bronchus has shown infrequent response. Bleomycin is also indicated in the treatment of choriocarcinoma and embryonal cell carcinoma of the testis. It has been used effectively in advanced Hodgkin's disease and in some cases of other lymphomas such as Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and in mycosis fungoides. Bleomycin is bone-marrow sparing and may therefore be of use when other cytotoxic Agents are contraindicated. It should be noted that treatment of patients with bleomycin after radiation therapy is less successful than treatment prior to radiation therapy. Bleomycin is effective as a sclerosing agent for the treatment of malignant pleural effusion. It should be given as a single instillation only, as studies have not assessed the efficacy or safety of multiple intrapleural dosing.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Cake of white powder in a vial
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
1 vial: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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