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If you are receiving chemotherapy treatment with Alkeran and experience persistent vomiting, bloody diarrhea, or unexplained weight gain, 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 Alkeran include hair loss, nausea, and mouth sores.
An Introduction to Alkeran Side EffectsAs with any chemotherapy medicine, Alkeran® (melphalan) can cause side effects. In fact, most people will experience some type of reaction to this drug, and some side effects can be quite 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 Alkeran. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects With AlkeranFor 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 Alkeran, 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 Alkeran 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.