TheraCys Side Effects
Generic Name: bcg
Note: This document contains side effect information about bcg. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name TheraCys.
Common side effects of TheraCys include: urinary tract infection, detrusor hyperreflexia of bladder, fever, hematuria, 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:
Along with its needed effects, bcg (the active ingredient contained in TheraCys) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
- 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
Very common (10% or more): Dysuria (60%), increased urgency/frequency (40%), drug induced cystitis (30%), bacterial cystitis (27%), hematuria (27%), pollakiuria
Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, micturition urgency, urine analysis abnormal, bladder cramps, hemorrhage cystitis, urinary retention
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bladder constriction, pyuria, ureteric obstruction
Rare (0.01 to less than 0.1%): Epididymitis
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Orchitis, balanoposthitis, prostatitis, vulvovaginal discomfort[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Malaise/fatigue/lethargy (19%), fever without infection (13%), influenza-like illness, pyrexia, rigors
Common (1% to 10%): Chills
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Reiter's syndrome, chest pain, peripheral edema, prostate specific antigen increased, weight decreased, BCG osteomyelitis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Anemia, leukopenia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Lymphadenopathy
Frequency not reported: Axillary or cervical lymphadenopathy, regional suppurative lymphadenitis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Skin rash, sweats
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rashes, eruptions and exanthema not otherwise classified
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Lupus vulgaris, alopecia, hyperhidrosis, granuloma[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Renal failure acute[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Allergic symptoms[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hepatitis, hepatic enzyme increased[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Confusional state[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anorexia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Injection site reactions: Induration, pustule formation, ulceration, caseous lesions, purulent draining, tenderness, itching, papules[Ref]
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2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
3. "Product Information. Tice BCG Vaccine (BCG (BCG vaccine))." Organon, West Orange, NJ.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.
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