Melphalan Side Effects
Common Side EffectsFor many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including melphalan, includes only vague information on possible side effects, without any specific details on how frequently the side effects might occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of such medications may be.
Some of the possible melphalan side effects include but are not limited to:
- Low levels of white blood cells (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- Low levels of platelets (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Diarrhea (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea)
- Hair loss (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Mouth sores (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy)
- Nausea and vomiting (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Sensations of warmth or tingling
- Absence of menstruation in women (amenorrhea)
- Loss of fertility.
Final ThoughtsYou may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using melphalan or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.