Vinorelbine

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August 31, 2015
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Vinorelbineinfo-icon (Navelbine) is a chemotherapyinfo-icon medicineinfo-icon made from the periwinkle plant that belongs to the family of plant agents called vinca alkaloids. It is a type of microtubule inhibitor chemotherapy. It is typically used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

How Vinorelbine Works

Vinorelbineinfo-icon works by blocking cancer cellinfo-icon growth by stopping mitosis, the process of cells dividing. It stops the forming of microtubules, the structures of the cell that help move the information inside them during cell division. Vinorelbine stops the cancer cells from dividing into new cells.

Side Effects and Things to Remember

Common side effects include:

Before starting vinorelbineinfo-icon, tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the-counterinfo-icon medicines, as well as any other medical conditions. You will have regular blood tests during treatment.

You should avoid becoming pregnant while you are receiving vinorelbine. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant or may be pregnant while you are having treatment.

Your doctor, pharmacistinfo-icon or nurseinfo-icon can help you manage your side effects. You can also go to our section on Side Effects for more information.

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