The recommended dose and dosing schedule of bleomycin varies according to the specific disease being treated, the response to therapy, and other drugs or treatments being used. The dose administered is also based on body size.
Bleomycin can be injected into a vein, into a muscle, under the skin, or into the pleura (lining around the lungs). Your doctor will decide the best way to inject the medication depending on the type of cancer and its location.
always given under the supervision of a doctor. Very careful handling of this medication is required, so it is always given in a hospital or similar setting with access to sterile equipment for preparation.
As well as interfering with the genetic material (DNA) of cancer cells, bleomycin can interfere with some of your normal cells. This can cause a number of side effects. Bleomycin may cause nausea and vomiting, but it is important to keep using this medication even if you feel ill. Your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist can advise you on how to reduce the effects of nausea and vomiting. Keep track of any side effects and report them to your doctor as suggested in the section "What side effects are possible with this medication?"
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are
taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an appointment to receive bleomycin, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.