Dimethyl sulfoxide Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to dimethyl sulfoxide: intravesical solution
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by dimethyl sulfoxide. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking dimethyl sulfoxide:
- Nasal congestion
- shortness of breath or troubled breathing
- skin rash, hives, or itching
- swelling of face
Some patients may have some discomfort during the time this medicine is being put into the bladder. However, the discomfort usually becomes less each time the medicine is used.
Dimethyl sulfoxide may cause you to have a garlic-like taste within a few minutes after the medicine is put into the bladder. This effect may last for several hours. It may also cause your breath and skin to have a garlic-like odor, which may last up to 72 hours.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to dimethyl sulfoxide: compounding liquid, irrigation solution, topical solution
Frequency not reported: Odor on skin (may remain for 72 hours)[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Garlic-like taste (a few minutes after instillation), odor on breath (may remain for 72 hours)[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Chemical cystitis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Severe discomfort on administration[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Rimso-50 (dimethyl sulfoxide)." Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA.
Not all side effects for dimethyl sulfoxide may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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