Navelbine is a pale yellow liquid belonging to the group of chemicals called plant alkaloids. Navelbine acts in a way that stops the malignant cells from separating. By doing so the growth of the cancer is blocked. Navelbine has the desirable property of not producing severe side effects as other chemotherapy drugs do and so it enhances the life of the patient. There is also a higher response to this drug in the treatment of cancer than other chemotherapy drugs. This drug can be administered intravenously (through the vein), through a central line and can also be taken orally by the patients.

Side effects of Navelbine may include some of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • A higher risk of infections
  • Bruising/Bleeding
  • Problems with breathing/Tiredness/Weakness
  • Fever
  • Hair loss/Hair thinning
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain/Burning at injection area
  • Leaking around the injection area
  • Allergic reactions
  • Loss of fertility
  • Amenorrhea (Absence of menstrual periods)