Information about Bleomycin

Bleomycin Uses

Bleomycin is used in the treatment of cervical cancer, cancer of mouth, nasopharynx and paranasal sinuses, larynx, oesophagus and skin cancer.

How Bleomycin works

Bleomycin is an anti-cancer medication. It works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.

Common side effects of Bleomycin

Fever, Hair loss, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Vomiting, Weight loss, Bleeding, Chills, Decreased appetite, Erythema (skin redness), Nail disorder, Rash, Ulcer, Skin hyperpigmentation, Skin thickening, Hyperkeratosis, Vesiculation, Tenderness, Itching, Hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity), Skin peeling, Stretch marks
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Available Medicine for Bleomycin

BleocelCelon Laboratories Ltd
7111 variant(s)
BleochemBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
5911 variant(s)
BleocipCipla Ltd
5911 variant(s)
LyobleUnited Biotech Pvt Ltd
6811 variant(s)
Bleomycin SulphateDabur India Ltd
6541 variant(s)
TumocinNeon Laboratories Ltd
505 to ₹8372 variant(s)
BleozZuvius Life Sciences
6401 variant(s)
Oil BleoKhandelwal Laboratories Pvt Ltd
2481 variant(s)
MysayokaSayoka Pharmaceutical (OPC) Pvt Ltd
6811 variant(s)

Expert advice for Bleomycin

  • Bleomycin is given as an injection into the veins, muscles or under the skin by the healthcare provider.
  • Do not skip any dose and complete the course as suggested by your doctor.
  • Use an effective method of birth control to avoid pregnancy while taking this medication.
  • You may need to have blood tests to monitor your blood cells, liver function and kidney function during treatment.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you experience coughing, shortness of breath and cracking sound while breathing.

Frequently asked questions for Bleomycin


Q. What does Bleomycin treat?

Bleomycin is used to treat squamous cell cancers, certain types of blood cancers, skin cancers and cancer of the thyroid, bladder, lungs, abdomen or genitals.

Q. Does Bleomycin cause pulmonary fibrosis, nausea or hair loss?

Yes. Bleomycin may cause pulmonary fibrosis, nausea and hair loss. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Q. How does Bleomycin cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the tissue of the lungs) is one of the side effects of Bleomycin. It is reportedly caused by lack of an enzyme that metabolises Bleomycin in the lungs.


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