Generic Name(s): bortezomib
Drug Class: Proteasome Inhibitors
Treats: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
Velcade is a chemotherapy medication used to treat cancers such as multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). The treatment works by slowing the spread and growth of the cancerous cells.
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Velcade is an injection that is used as a form of cancer chemotherapy medication. By blocking proteins, Velcade can slow down the cancerous cells in the body so that its growth and spread are limited. In time, the cells are destroyed by the body.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Velcade:
- Multiple myeloma
- Mantle cell lymphoma(non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
Velcade dosage is completely dependent on the individual that takes it, as it can be used for a variety of conditions. Note that the amount of Velcade you take also depends on the age of the individual. In addition to that the amount of Velcade you take also depends on the strength of each pill/tablet and the amount of times you plan on taking the pill/tablet a day. Note that Velcade also depends on the type of condition you are treating.
Velcade to treat neutropenia
- For adults, the dosage is based on a doctor's decision as this medication is administered through an injection.
- For children, the dosage is based on a doctor's decision as this medication is administered through an injection.
Velcade Side Effects
Velcade, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Velcade Side Effects
- Upset stomach
- Mild dizziness
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Nerve problems
- Burning or tingly pain
- Lightheadedness or faintness
- Chest pain
- Dry cough
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Short of breath
- Severe headache
- Severe constipation
- Bloody stools
- Body aches
- Flu-like symptoms
- Easy bruising
- Unusual bleeding
- Red bumps
- Spreading rash
- Irregular heart rate
- Weak pulse
- Blood in urine
- Lower back pain
- Muscle weakness, tightness, or contractions
- Loss or appetite
- Upper stomach pain
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
Below you will find a list of Velcade drugs and substance interactions. In many cases Velcade should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult your physician before taking any new medication.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Velcade.