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Active ingredients: bleomycin
What it is used for
Palliation and treatment adjuvant to surgery and radiation therapy of the following neoplasms: Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, head and neck, and oesophagus (primary indication). Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx, penis and uterine cervix. Squamous cell carcinoma of the bronchus (response infrequent). Choriocarcinoma and embryonal cell carcinoma of the testis. Advanced Hodgkin's disease and other lymphomas. Mycosis fungoides Note. Use of bleomycin after radiation therapy is less successful than use before radiation therapy. Bleomycin is bone marrow sparing and may be used when other cytotoxic agents are contraindicated.
How to take it
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.
- The way to take this medicine: Intraarterial
- Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
- Do not Freeze
- Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
A sterile freeze dried powder for reconstitution. White to off white crystalline powder, very hygroscopic.Clear, colourless solution on reconstitution
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient bleomycin
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
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Reporting side effects
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You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems