Mechlorethamine Side Effects
Common Side EffectsFor 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 mechlorethamine, 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 mechlorethamine side effects include but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- 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)
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea)
- Hair loss (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- A whirling or spinning sensation
- Ringing in the ears
- Menstrual changes in women (such as light, infrequent, or complete absence of a period)
- Infertility, which may or may not be reversible.
Final ThoughtsYou 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 mechlorethamine 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.