TheraCys Side Effects
Generic Name: bcg
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug bcg. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name TheraCys.
Common side effects of TheraCys include: urinary tract infection, fever, hematuria, irritable bladder, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, vomiting, 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:
As well as its needed effects, bcg (the active ingredient contained in TheraCys) may cause unwanted side effects that 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]
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It is possible that some side effects of TheraCys may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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