Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Blood clotting: This medication can reduce the number of platelet cells in the blood. Platelets help the blood to clot, and a shortage could make you bleed more easily. Tell your doctor of any signs that your blood is not clotting as quickly as usual. Such symptoms may include black and tarry stools, blood in the urine, easy bruising, or cuts that won't stop bleeding.
Infection: As well as killing cancer cells, this medication can reduce the number of cells that fight infection in the body (white blood cells). Avoid contact with people with contagious infections and tell your doctor if you begin to notice signs of an infection, such as fever or chills.
Liver disease: Vinorelbine should be administered with caution if you have liver disease. Please inform your doctor if you have or have had a history of liver disease.
Pregnancy: There is a possibility of birth defect if either the father or mother is using vinorelbine at the time of conception, or if it is taken during pregnancy. It may also harm the baby in other ways if taken during pregnancy.
Use effective birth control while being treated with this medication and tell the doctor immediately if you become pregnant while using this medication.
Breast-feeding: It is not known whether vinorelbine passes into breast milk. Women should not breast-feed while receiving vinorelbine treatment due to the risk to the infant.