Valstar (Intravesical)

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Valstar (Intravesical) Drug and Prescription Information

Valstar (Intravesical)

Valstar (Intravesical) Medication Classification

VALRUBICIN (Inside the bladder)

Valstar (Intravesical) Brandname


Valstar (Intravesical) is used for the Treatment

Valrubicin (val-ROO-bi-sin) Treats bladder cancer.

When To Not Use Valstar (Intravesical)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to valrubicin, Cremophor® EL (which this medicine contains), or other cancer medicines, such as daunorubicin (Cerubidine®, Daunoxome®), doxorubicin (Adriamycin®, Rubex®, Doxil®), epirubicin (Ellence™), or idarubicin (Idamycin®). You should not use this medicine if you have a bladder infection or bladder perforation.

How Should You Use Valstar (Intravesical)


  • This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
  • You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. This treatment is usually given once a week for six weeks, or as your doctor orders.

Proper Valstar (Intravesical) Storage

Store Valstar (Intravesical) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Valstar (Intravesical) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Valstar (Intravesical)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have been treated with other cancer medicines or radiation.

Valstar (Intravesical) Warnings

  • You should not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are receiving this medicine. Use an effective form of birth control while you are being treated with this medicine. This is important whether you are a man or a woman.
  • If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before having treatments with valrubicin.
  • If you are breastfeeding, discontinue breastfeeding before starting treatment with this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have severe bladder spasms, or loss of bladder control.
  • This medicine is a clear red liquid. You may notice red-colored urine for up to 24 hours following a treatment. If this lasts longer than 24 hours, call your doctor immediately.

Valstar (Intravesical) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Bladder spasms lasting longer than 24 hours after a treatment
  • Red-colored urine lasting longer than 24 hours after a treatment
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Bloody urine
  • Incontinence (unable to control bladder)
  • Nausea
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Stomach or low back pain
  • Urinating more often, or feeling like you have to urinate more often
  • Urinating often at night

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