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Vumon Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Vumon (teniposide) Injection is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (blood cancer) in children. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting (may be severe), diarrhea, drowsiness, and pain/redness at the injection site
Dosage of Vumon is individualized. The medication is given by slow injection into a vein under physician supervision over at least 30 to 60 minutes, usually once or twice a week or as directed. Vumon may interact with "live" vaccines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use and vaccines you recently received. Vumon is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. Both males and females using this drug should use birth control (e.g., birth control pills, condoms) during treatment. Consult your doctor to discuss birth control. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. It may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breastfeeding while using Vumon is not recommended.
Our Vumon (teniposide) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Vumon in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects from teniposide, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
- decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, or signs of infection).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking teniposide and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- nausea or vomiting;
- drowsiness or dizziness; or
- temporary hair loss.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Vumon Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, and pain/redness at the injection site may occur. Nausea and vomiting can be severe. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Eating several small meals, not eating before treatment, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Temporary hair loss may occur. Normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended.
Many people using this medication may have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. To lower your risk of serious side effects, your doctor will follow your condition closely and order lab tests.
Pain or sores in the mouth and throat may occur. Brush your teeth gently/carefully, avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol, and rinse your mouth frequently with cool water mixed with baking soda or salt. It may also be best to eat soft, moist foods.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: headache, dizziness/fainting, bloody/black/tarry stool, unusual weakness/tiredness, coughing up blood, severe abdominal pain, slow/shallow/rapid breathing, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, difficulty staying awake).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely. However, get medical help right away if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: fast/irregular heartbeat, flushing of the face, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, fever/chills.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Vumon FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The table below presents the incidences of adverse reactions derived from an analysis of data contained within literature reports of 7 studies involving 303 pediatric patients in which VUMON was administered by injection as a single agent in a variety of doses and schedules for a variety of hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. The total number of patients evaluable for a given event was not 303 since the individual studies did not address the occurrence of each event listed. Five of these 7 studies assessed VUMON activity in hematologic malignancies, such as leukemia. Thus, many of these patients had abnormal hematologic status at start of therapy with VUMON and were expected to develop significant myelosuppression as an endpoint of treatment.
Single-Agent VUMON Summary of Toxicity for All Evaluable
|Toxicity||Incidence in Evaluable Patients (%)|
|Leukopenia ( < 3,000 WBC/mcL)||89|
|Neutropenia ( < 2,000 ANC/mcL)||95|
|Thrombocytopenia ( < 100,000 plt/mcL)||85|
|Hepatic dysfunction||< 1|
|Renal dysfunction||< 1|
|Metabolic abnormalities||< 1|
VUMON, when used with other chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of ALL, results in severe myelosuppression. Sepsis, sometimes fatal, may be a consequence of severe myelosuppression. Early onset of profound myelosuppression with delayed recovery can be expected when using the doses and schedules of VUMON necessary for treatment of refractory ALL, since bone marrow hypoplasia is a desired endpoint of therapy. The occurrence of acute non-lymphocytic leukemia (ANLL), with or without a preleukemic phase, has been reported in patients treated with VUMON in combination with other antineoplastic agents. (See PRECAUTIONS: Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility.)
Nausea and vomiting are the most common gastrointestinal toxicities, having occurred in 29% of evaluable pediatric patients. The severity of this nausea and vomiting is generally mild to moderate.
Transient hypotension following rapid intravenous administration has been reported in 2% of evaluable pediatric patients. One episode of sudden death, attributed to probable arrhythmia and intractable hypotension, has been reported in an elderly patient receiving VUMON combination therapy for a non-leukemic malignancy.
No other cardiac toxicity or electrocardiographic changes have been documented. No delayed hypotension has been noted.
Hypersensitivity reactions characterized by chills, fever, tachycardia, flushing, bronchospasm, dyspnea, rash, and blood pressure changes (hypertension or hypotension) have been reported to occur in approximately 5% of evaluable pediatric patients receiving intravenous VUMON. The incidence of hypersensitivity reactions to VUMON appears to be increased in patients with brain tumors and in patients with neuroblastoma.
Central Nervous System
Neurotoxicity has been reported, including severe cases of neuropathy, in patients receiving vincristine sulfate and VUMON concomitantly.
Acute central nervous system depression and hypotension have been observed in patients receiving investigational infusions of high-dose VUMON who were pretreated with antiemetic drugs. The depressant effects of the antiemetic agents and the alcohol content of the VUMON formulation may place patients receiving higher than recommended doses of VUMON at risk for central nervous system depression.
Alopecia, sometimes progressing to total baldness, was observed in 9% of evaluable pediatric patients who received VUMON as single-agent therapy. It was usually reversible.
Other Adverse Reactions
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