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Tice BCG Vaccine 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 Tice BCG Vaccine.

For the Consumer

Applies to bcg: intradermal powder for solution

Along with its needed effects, bcg (the active ingredient contained in Tice BCG Vaccine) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need 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

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]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, vertigo
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dysesthesia, hyperesthesia, paresthesia, somnolence, headache[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%): Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dyspepsia, flatulence[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tuberculosis infections
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Disseminated BCG infection[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]


Common (1% to 10%): Pneumonitis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Cough
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pharyngitis, bronchitis, dyspnea, rhinitis[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Renal failure acute[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, arthritis, myalgia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Back pain[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Allergic symptoms[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hepatitis, hepatic enzyme increased[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypotension[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Confusional state[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anorexia[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Conjunctivitis[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Injection site reactions: Induration, pustule formation, ulceration, caseous lesions, purulent draining, tenderness, itching, papules[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Tice BCG Vaccine (BCG (BCG vaccine))." Organon, West Orange, NJ.

4. "Product Information. BCG Vaccine (BCG)." Organon Pharmaceuticals, West Orange, NJ.

Some side effects of Tice BCG Vaccine 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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