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Valstar is an anticancer medicine used to treat a certain type of bladder cancer. Valstar is administered as an intravesical (into the bladder through a catheter) instillation.
How does this medication work?
Valstar is thought to work by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in the body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By stopping the growth of cancer cells, Valstar may help to relieve symptoms associated with cancer.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: frequent urination, an increased need to urinate, painful or difficult urination, bladder pain or spasm, blood in the urine, inability to hold urine in the bladder, urinary tract infection, nocturia (the need to wake and pass urine at night), local burning symptoms, abdominal (stomach area) pain, nausea.
Less common side effects may include:
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Valstar may cause a red coloration to your urine for the first 24 hours following administration.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Valstar to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, polyoxyl castor oil, or other similar medicines (such as daunorubicin).
Your healthcare provider will not administer Valstar to you if you have a urinary tract infection, a hole in your bladder, or if your bladder has a small capacity.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Valstar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have severe irritable bladder symptoms, any infections, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you once a week for 6 weeks.
Your healthcare provider will administer Valstar to you.
Drink plenty of fluids after treatment with Valstar.
It is important that women who may become pregnant use effective forms of birth control during treatment with Valstar and for 6 months after the last dose. Also, men with female partners who may become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment and for 3 months after the last dose. Discuss appropriate birth control methods with your healthcare provider.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with Valstar at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Valstar may harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of Valstar during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed during treatment with Valstar and for 2 weeks after the final dose. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Valstar should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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