Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Navelbine include the following:
- This medication is normally given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) once a week
- The injections are usually given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or infusion center
- It normally takes 6 to 10 minutes to receive the entire Navelbine dose
- Your healthcare provider may give you medicines before your dose to help reduce the risk for certain side effects
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- Whether Navelbine is being used alone or in combination with other medicines
- How you respond to and 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 Navelbine Dosage for more information.)
Just like any chemotherapy medicine, Navelbine can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during Navelbine treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Common side effects of Navelbine include but are not limited to:
- A decrease in white blood cells
- An increase in certain liver enzymes
- Loss of strength and energy.
(Click Navelbine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)