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Mitomycin Side Effects

A majority of people who receive mitomycin are likely to experience some type of side effect with this chemotherapy drug. Some of the possible reactions include fatigue, diarrhea, and hair loss. There are also potentially dangerous problems, such as infections, shortness of breath, and blood in the urine, which should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.


An Introduction to Side Effects of Mitomycin

Just like any medicine, mitomycin (Mutamycin®) 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 mitomycin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Mitomycin Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of mitomycin are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an infection, such as:
  • Signs of anemia, such as:
    • Extreme weakness or fatigue
    • Pale skin
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dizziness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Vomiting blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Sores, ulcers, or blisters in the mouth or throat
  • Redness, swelling, pain, burning, or stinging at the injection site
  • Blistering or peeling skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • New or worsening cough
  • Increased blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Swelling, pain, or redness in an area of one arm or leg and not the other
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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