You should not receive bleomycin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before receiving bleomycin, tell your doctor if you have:
- lung disease or a breathing disorder;
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not receive bleomycin without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether bleomycin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are being treated with bleomycin.
Since bleomycin is given in a clinical setting by a healthcare professional, an overdose of this medication is not likely to occur.
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your bleomycin injection.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fever or chills;
- sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough or hack;
- feeling short of breath on exertion;
- chest discomfort, wheezing, dry cough or hack;
- confusion, feeling weak or tired, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- severe redness, itching, rash, blistering, or tenderness of your skin; or
- unusual hardening or thickening of your skin.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dark streaks or discoloring on your skin;
- fingernail or toenail changes;
- temporary hair loss;
- mild itching;
- pain near your tumor; or
- redness, warmth, itching, or swelling around the IV needle.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all other cancer treatments you are receiving.
There may be other drugs that can interact with bleomycin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
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