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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Vincristine (vin-KRIS-teen) is a drug that is used to treat many types of cancer. It is a clear liquid that is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Vincristine burns if it leaks under the skin. Tell your nurse or doctor immediately if you feel burning, stinging or any other change while the drug is being given.
  • Constipation often occurs and may be severe. If your treatment allows, exercise if you can, use stool softeners and laxatives and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid bulk-forming laxatives.
  • Headache, jaw and or muscle pain may occur.
  • Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes may occur. This will slowly return to normal once your treatment is over. It may take up to several months.
  • Hair loss sometimes occurs with melphalan. Colour and texture may change. If hair loss does occur, your hair will grow back once you stop the treatment.

Printable Drug Information

Click here, to view and print a complete description of vincristine and its side effects and management from the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual©.

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