Vinorelbine Overview

Reviewed: January 10, 2014

Vinorelbine is a prescription medication used to treat nonsmall cell lung cancer. 

Vinorelbine belongs to a group of drugs called vinca alkaloids which help to disrupt microtuble assembly in the cell, which slows down and/or stop the growth of cancer cells.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of vinorelbine include nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss. 


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Uses of Vinorelbine

Vinorelbine is a prescription medication used to treat advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Vinorelbine Brand Names

Vinorelbine may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Vinorelbine Drug Class

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Vinorelbine FDA Warning

Vinorelbine should be given only under the supervision of a doctor with experience in the use of chemotherapy medications.

Vinorelbine can increase the risk that you will develop a serious infection because it can cause a severe decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow.  Laboratory tests will be ordered before and during the course of treatment with vinorelbine.  If your white blood cell count is too low, your doctor will delay or suspend your treatment.  Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, ongoing cough and congestion, or other sign of infection. 

Vinorelbine should be administered only into a vein, but it may leak into the surrounding tissue which can cause severe irritation or damage.  You will be monitored during the administration of vinorelbine for this reaction.  Immediately call your doctor if you experience any of the following:  pain, itching, redness, swelling, blisters, or sores in the place where the medication was injected.