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Hexaminolevulinate Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 10, 2023.

Applies to hexaminolevulinate: urinary bladder powder for solution.

Serious side effects of Hexaminolevulinate

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

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking hexaminolevulinate:

More common

  • Blood in the urine
  • burning sensation while urinating
  • difficult or painful urination
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • lower stomach pain or spasm

Incidence not known

  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • hives, itching, skin rash
  • nausea
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hexaminolevulinate: intravesical powder for reconstitution.


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): White blood cell count increased, anemia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reaction, anaphylactoid shock[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Sepsis[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Back pain[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gout[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Bladder spasm, bladder pain, dysuria, urinary retention, hematuria

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urethral pain, pollakiuria, micturition urgency, urinary tract disorder, balanitis, cystitis, urinary tract infection

Postmarketing reports: Abnormal urinalysis[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased serum bilirubin, hepatic enzyme increased[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia, post-procedural pain, post-operative fever[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. UK Summary of Product Characteristics.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. Australian Product Information.

3. Product Information. Cysview (hexaminolevulinate). Photocure Inc. 2014.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.