Busulfan Side Effects

Just like other chemotherapy drugs, side effects are likely to occur with busulfan. Some of the most common reactions to this drug include nausea, hair loss, and weakness. There are also potentially serious side effects, such as chest pain, unusual bleeding, and blurry vision, which should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Busulfan

As with any chemotherapy medicine, busulfan (Myleran®) can cause side effects. In fact, most people will experience some type of reaction to this drug, and some side effects can be quite significant. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this medicine.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with busulfan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Busulfan Side Effects

Some side effects of busulfan are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an infection, such as:
  • Signs of anemia, such as:
    • Weakness
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Pale skin
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dizziness
  • Any unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools
  • Vomiting blood
  • Chest pain
  • A persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Swelling of the abdomen (stomach) or other areas of the body
  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe or persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Mouth sores
  • Extremely dry skin
  • Weakness of your muscles, which could make it difficult to move your hands, feet, or mouth
  • Signs of liver problems, such as:
    • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Seizures
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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