Bcg Side Effects

Not all side effects for bcg may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to bcg: intradermal powder for solution

Along with its needed effects, bcg may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

More common
  • Accumulation of pus
  • peeling or scaling of the skin
  • sores at place of injection
  • sores at different sites of the skin
  • swollen lymph glands
Rare
  • Cough
  • fever
  • increase in bone pain
  • skin rash

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bcg: intravesical powder for reconstitution, percutaneous powder for injection

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects including dysuria (54%), urinary frequency (40%), hematuria (39%), cystitis (29%), urinary tract infection (18%), urgency (18%), genital pain (10%), urinary incontinence (6%), cramps (6%), and contracted bladder (5%) were most commonly reported.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects including malaise (40%) and arthralgia/myalgia (7%) have been reported.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects including anemia (21%), leukopenia (5%), and coagulopathy (3%) have been reported.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea/vomiting (16%), anorexia (11%), diarrhea (6%), and abdominal pain (3%) have been reported.

General

General side effects including fever (38%), chills (34%), and headache (2%) have been reported.

Immunologic

Immunologic side effects including systemic infection (3%) and pulmonary infection (3%) have been reported. Four cases of immune reconstitution syndrome have also been reported.

Renal

Renal side effects including renal toxicity (10%) have been reported.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects including skin rash (2%) have been rarely reported.

Cardiovascular

Unclassified cardiovascular side effects were infrequently reported (3%).

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