Bcg Side Effects
Commonly reported side effects of bcg include: urinary tract infection, urinary frequency, vomiting, hematuria, urinary urgency, irritable bladder, fever, chills, and malaise. Other side effects include: arthralgia. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to bcg: intradermal powder for solution
Other dosage forms:
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by bcg. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require 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.[Ref]
Nervous system side effects including malaise (40%) and arthralgia/myalgia (7%) have been reported.[Ref]
Hematologic side effects including anemia (21%), leukopenia (5%), and coagulopathy (3%) have been reported.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea/vomiting (16%), anorexia (11%), diarrhea (6%), and abdominal pain (3%) have been reported.[Ref]
General side effects including fever (38%), chills (34%), and headache (2%) have been reported.[Ref]
Immunologic side effects including systemic infection (3%) and pulmonary infection (3%) have been reported. Four cases of immune reconstitution syndrome have also been reported.[Ref]
Renal side effects including renal toxicity (10%) have been reported.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects including skin rash (2%) have been rarely reported.[Ref]
Unclassified cardiovascular side effects were infrequently reported (3%).[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Tice BCG Vaccine (BCG vaccine)." Organon, West Orange, NJ.
2. Puthanakit T, Oberdorfer P, Punjaisee S, Wannarit P, Sirisanthana T, Sirisanthana V "Immune Reconstitution Syndrome Due to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin after Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in Children with HIV Infection." Clin Infect Dis 41 (2005): 1049-1052
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.
More about bcg
- BCG live
- Bacillus of calmette and guerin vaccine, live Intradermal (Advanced Reading)
- Bacillus of calmette and guerin vaccine, live Intravesical (Advanced Reading)
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