Leukeran Side Effects

If you are taking Leukeran and experience extreme tiredness, hallucinations, or unusual bruising, contact your healthcare provider right away. Serious problems can occur with this medication, so it is important to know which reactions require immediate medical treatment. Some of the other possible side effects of Leukeran include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

An Introduction to Leukeran Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Leukeran® (chlorambucil) can cause side effects. As with other chemotherapy medicines, the side effects can be 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 Leukeran. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Leukeran

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were reported in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Leukeran, includes only vague information on potential side effects, without any specific percentages. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of these medications may be.
Some of the possible Leukeran side effects may include but are not limited to:
  • Low levels of white blood cells, which could increase your risk for infection
  • Low levels of red blood cells (anemia)
  • Low levels of platelets, which could cause abnormal bruising and bleeding (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth sores
  • Fever.
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