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Chlorambucil Side Effects

Common Side Effects

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 chlorambucil, 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 chlorambucil 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.
 

Final Thoughts

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 taking chlorambucil 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.
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