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Bendamustine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Alkylating Agent Cancer-related

Bendamustine - What is it for

​Bendamustine is an intravenous chemotherapy used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain cancer.

Bendamustine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bendamustine cause?

During infusion

  • Allergic reaction may occur. Symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath, itch or rash.
  • Redness, swelling and pain at the injection site if the drug leaks out of the vein.
    Please alert your nurse immediately if you experience the above symptoms. 

Early side effects

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur
    There are medications available which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
Delayed side effects
  • A drop in the blood cell counts, usually reaching their lowest level by the 3rd week of treatment
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Mild swelling of the extremities

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of of 38°C or higher
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools
  • Pain, itch, redness or swelling occuring near injection site
  • Skin rash
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain

Before taking Bendamustine, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bendamustine?

Bendamustine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Bendamustine be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Bendamustine - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Bendamustine safely?

How should I store Bendamustine?

How should I dispose of Bendamustine safely?

Bendamustine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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