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Navelbine 10 mg / ml concentrate for solution for infusion

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

NAVELBINE 10 mg/ml

concentrate for solution for infusion

Vinorelbine (as tartrate)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
  • If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Navelbine is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Navelbine
3. How to use Navelbine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Navelbine
6. Further information

1. What Navelbine is and what it is used for

Navelbine belongs to a family of medicines used to treat cancer called the vinca-alkaloid family.

Navelbine is used to treat some types of lung and breast cancer in patients over 18 years of age:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Advanced breast cancer that has not responded to other medicines.

It is not recommended for use by children under 18 years old.

2. Before you use Navelbine

Do not use Navelbine

  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance (vinorelbine), or to any of the related family of cancer drugs called the vinca alkaloids,
  • If you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Navelbine (refer to section 6 in this leaflet),
  • If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant,
  • If you are breast feeding,
  • If you have a low white blood cell (neutrophils, leucocyte) count or a severe infection current or recent (within 2 weeks),
  • If you have a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia),
  • If you plan to receive a yellow fever vaccination or have just received one.

Take special care with Navelbine

Please inform your doctor if:

  • you have a history of heart attack or severe chest pain,
  • you have problems with your liver or you have received radiotherapy where the treatment field included the liver,
  • you have signs or symptoms of infection (such as fever, chills, joint pain, cough),
  • you take or have recently taken any other medicines including medicines obtained without prescription,
  • you plan to have a vaccination or have just had one,

Before and during your treatment with Navelbine, blood cell counts are performed to check that it is safe for you to receive treatment. If the results of this analysis are not satisfactory, your treatment may be delayed and further checks made until these values return to normal.

Using with other medicines

Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines including medicines obtained without prescription.

Your doctor should take special attention if you are taking the following medicines:

  • medicines used to thin your blood (anticoagulants),
  • an anti-epileptic medicine called phenytoin,
  • antifungal medicines such as itraconazole and ketaconazole,
  • an anti-cancer medicine called mitomycin C,
  • medicines that impair your immune system such as ciclosporin and tacrolimus.

Many vaccines (live attenuated vaccines) are not recommended during treatment. Please inform your doctor if you require any vaccinations.

If you are given Navelbine as well as medicines that affect your bone marrow it may make some of the side effects worse.

Using Navelbine with food and drink

There are no known interactions with food and drink when using Navelbine. However, you should check with your doctor if taking alcohol is advisable for you.

Male fertility

Men being treated with Navelbine are advised not to father a child during treatment and for up to 3 months after the end of the treatment and to seek advice on conservation of sperm prior to treatment because Navelbine may alter male fertility.

Women of child-bearing potential

Women of child-bearing potential must use effective contraception (birth control) during treatment and for up to 3 months after the end of the treatment.

Pregnancy

  • Do not take Navelbine if you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant.
  • If you have to start treatment with Navelbine and are pregnant or if pregnancy occurs during your treatment with Navelbine, you must immediately contact your doctor for advice.

Breast-feeding

  • Do not take Navelbine if you are breast feeding.
  • Breast-feeding must be discontinued if treatment with Navelbine is necessary.

Driving and using machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed.

However, some of the possible side effects of Navelbine could affect your ability to drive or perform skilled tasks: see section 4; Possible side effects below for details. Therefore, it is recommended that you should not drive if you feel unwell or if your doctor has advised you not to drive.

3. How to use Navelbine

Navelbine should be prescribed by a qualified doctor who is experienced in the use of cancer treatments.

Navelbine is used in patients over 18 years old. It is not recommended for use by children under 18 years old.

Dosage

Before and during treatment with Navelbine your doctor will check your blood cell count. The results of your blood test will decide when you receive your treatment. The dose will depend on your height and weight and your general condition. Your doctor will calculate your body surface area and will determine the dose you should receive.

Frequency of administration.

Normally Navelbine is scheduled once a week. The frequency will be determined by your doctor.

Duration of treatment.

The duration of your treatment is decided by your doctor.

Method and route of administration

  • Navelbine must be diluted before administration
  • Navelbine must only be administered into a vein. It will be given by an infusion into one of your veins. It will take between 6 to 10 minutes.
  • After administration the vein will be rinsed thoroughly with a sterile solution.

If you use more Navelbine than you should

Your dose of Navelbine is carefully monitored and checked by your doctor and pharmacist. However, although you will have received the correct amount of chemotherapy your body may sometimes react giving severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms may develop as signs of an infection (such as fever, chills, cough, joint pain). You may also become severely constipated. You must immediately contact your doctor if any of these severe symptoms occur.

If you stop using Navelbine

Your doctor will decide when you should stop your treatment. However, if you want to stop your treatment earlier, you should discuss other options with your doctor.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Navelbine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Immediately contact your doctor, while taking Navelbine, if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough, fever and chills which may be signs of a major infection or a general infection (septicemia) that can be severe.
  • Severe constipation with abdominal pain when your bowels have not been open for several days,
  • Severe dizziness, lightheadedness when you stand up, sign of a severe reduced blood pressure
  • Severe chest pain which is not normal for you, the symptoms may be due to disturbance in the heart function following insufficient blood flow, so called ischemic heart disease such as for example angina pectoris and myocardial infarction (sometimes with fatal outcome).
  • Difficulty in breathing, rash affecting your whole body, or swelling of the eyelids, face lips or throat which may be signs of an allergic reaction.

Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

  • Nausea; Vomiting, Constipation;
  • A decreased in red blood cells which can make the skin pale and cause weakness or breathlessness;
  • A decrease in white blood cells which makes you more vulnerable to infection;
  • Weakness of lower extremities;
  • Loss of some reflex reactions, occasionally difference in the perception of touch;
  • Hair loss, normally not severe for long treatment;
  • Inflammation or sores in the mouth or throat;
  • Reactions at the site where NAVELBINE was administered such as redness, burning pain, vein discoloration, inflammation of the veins;
  • Liver disorders (abnormal liver test).

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

  • A decreased in platelets which can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising; Joint pain ;
  • Jaw pain; Muscle pain;
  • Tiredness (asthenia, fatigue);
  • Fever;
  • Pain at different sites in your body such as chest pain and pain where your tumour is;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Infections at different sites.

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

  • Severe difficulties with your body movements and sense of touch;
  • Dizziness;
  • Sudden feeling of heat and skin redness of the face and neck;
  • Feeling cold in the hands and feet;
  • Difficulty in breathing or wheezing (dyspnoea and bronchospasm);
  • Blood infection (sepsis) with symptoms such as high fever and deterioration in general health;
  • High blood pressure

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1 000 people):

  • Heart attack (ischemic heart disease, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, sometimes fatal);
  • Lund toxicity (inflammation and fibrosis, sometimes fatal);
  • Severe abdominal and back pain (inflammation in pancreas);.
  • Low blood levels of sodium in your blood (which can cause symptoms of tiredness, confusion, muscle twitching and unconsciousness),
  • Ulcers at the injection site where the NAVELBINE was given (local necrosis);
  • Skin rashes on your body such as rashes and eruptions (generalized cutaneous reactions).

Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people)

  • Irregular heartbeat (tachycardia), palpitations, heart rhythm disorders.

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • Abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding;
  • Heart failure which can cause shortness of breath and ankle swelling,
  • Redness of hands and feet (erythema);
  • Low sodium level due to an overproduction of a hormone causing fluid retention and resulting in weakness, tiredness or confusion (Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone secretion SIADH),
  • Lack of muscle control may be associated with abnormal gait, speech changes and abnormalities in eyes movement (ataxia);
  • Headache;
  • Chills with fever;
  • Cough;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Weight loss.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme; website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

5. How to store Navelbine

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use Navelbine after the expiry date which is stated on the vial and box (after Exp). The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Navelbine will be diluted and stored by hospital staff.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

What Navelbine contains

  • The active substance is Vinorelbine (as tartrate). Each 1 ml of solution contains 10 mg of vinorelbine as vinorelbine tartrate.
  • The other ingredient is water for injection.

What Navelbine looks like and contents of the pack

Navelbine is a clear colourless to pale yellow solution.

This medicinal product is a concentrate for solution for infusion, in clear glass vials of 1, 4 or 5 ml. Navelbine is available as:

Box of 10 vials of 1ml,

Box of 10 vials of 4 ml,

Box of 10 vials of 5 ml.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Pierre Fabre Limited
250 Longwater Avenue
Green Park
Reading
RG2 6GP
United Kingdom

Manufacturer

Fareva Pau 1
Avenue du Bearn
BP 9097
F-64320
Pau Idron - Bizanos
FRANCE

For any information on this product please contact Pierre Fabre Limited; Phone: 0800 085 5292

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This leaflet was last approved in 12/2020