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Sterile talc Side Effects

Applies to sterile talc: intrapleural powder, intrapleural spray

Along with its needed effects, sterile talc 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 sterile talc:

More common
  • Fever
Less common
  • Chest pain, discomfort, or tightness
  • chills
  • coughing or spitting up blood
  • cough with thick mucous
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing

Some side effects of sterile talc may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Bleeding, swelling, warmth, or pain on your skin where the spray tube was inserted

Some of the above side effects could be caused by having a tube placed in your chest or other procedures that were done at the time the talc was used, as well as by the talc. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Some side effects of sterile talc may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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