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Generic Name: valrubicin

It is used to treat bladder cancer
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What is this medicine?

VALRUBICIN is a chemotherapy drug. It is used to treat bladder cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • prostate surgery
  • recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
  • urinary tract infection or bladder problems
  • an unusual reaction to valrubicin, other medicines or chemotherapy drugs, polyoxyethylated castor oil, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This drug is given as a catheter infusion into the bladder. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. You will be given directions to follow before the treatment. Follow your doctor's directions carefully. Try to hold this medicine in your bladder for 2 hours after treatment.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Call your doctor or health care professional if you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blood in the urine
  • breathing problems
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • flu-like symptoms

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • discoloration of the urine (red)
  • feel need to pass urine often or wake up at night to pass urine
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is only given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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