Side Effects of AlkeranJust like any chemotherapy medicine, Alkeran can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of adverse reaction during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Common side effects of Alkeran include but are not limited to:
- Low white blood cells, which could increase the risk for infections
- Low platelets, which could cause bleeding
- Low red blood cells, which could lead to anemia.
(Click Alkeran Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsAlkeran may react with a few other medicines (see Alkeran Drug Interactions).
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderTalk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Low levels of white blood cells
- Low levels of platelets
- Had radiation treatment or previous chemotherapy
- Plans to receive a vaccination
- Lung disease
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Alkeran and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Alkeran and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Alkeran Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)