Bcg Side Effects
Some side effects of bcg may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to bcg: intradermal powder for solution
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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
- increase in bone pain
- skin rash
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to bcg: intravesical powder for reconstitution, percutaneous powder for injection
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 side effects including malaise (40%) and arthralgia/myalgia (7%) have been reported.
Hematologic side effects including anemia (21%), leukopenia (5%), and coagulopathy (3%) have been reported.
Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea/vomiting (16%), anorexia (11%), diarrhea (6%), and abdominal pain (3%) have been reported.
General side effects including fever (38%), chills (34%), and headache (2%) have been reported.
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 side effects including renal toxicity (10%) have been reported.
Dermatologic side effects including skin rash (2%) have been rarely reported.
Unclassified cardiovascular side effects were infrequently reported (3%).
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