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Extensive studies have not been done to identify how often specific side effects occur in people using Myleran. However, it is known that most people who use this chemotherapy drug will experience some type of reaction. Some of the possible reactions include nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. Some problems may be serious and require immediate medical attention, including fever, vomiting blood, and breathing problems.
An Introduction to Myleran Side Effects
As with any chemotherapy medicine, Myleran® (busulfan) 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 Myleran. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects With Myleran
For 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 Myleran, consists of only vague information on potential side effects, with no detail on how frequently the side effects occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of such medications may be.
Based on the available information, possible Myleran side effects include but are not limited to:
- 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
- Darkening of the skin or nails
- Weakness or fatigue
- Hair loss (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth
- Breast enlargement in men
- Menstrual changes in women (such as light, infrequent, or complete absence of a period)
- Infertility, which may not be reversible.