Thiotepa Side Effects
For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. The prescribing information for almost all older medications, however, including thiotepa, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with limited detail on how frequently they occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of such medications may be.
Based on the prescribing information, possible thiotepa side effects include:
- A decrease in white blood cells (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- A decrease in platelets (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Nausea and vomiting (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Loss of appetite
- Hair loss (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Pain at the injection site
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Blurred vision
- Menstrual changes in women, such as light, infrequent, or complete absence of a period
- Infertility, which may or may not be reversible.
You 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 thiotepa 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.