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Streptozocin Side Effects

Many people who receive streptozocin injections will develop some type of side effect during treatment. Some of the commonly reported problems with this medicine include confusion, depression, and vomiting. Potentially dangerous problems can also occur, such as difficulty breathing, serious infections, and allergic reactions. Your healthcare provider may suggest ways to help reduce your risk for these problems.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Streptozocin

As with any chemotherapy medicine, streptozocin (Zanosar®) 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 streptozocin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Streptozocin Side Effects

Some side effects of streptozocin are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Changes in how much or how often you urinate
  • Signs of infection, such as:
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Black, tarry stools or blood in the urine
  • Signs of anemia, such as:
    • Extreme weakness or fatigue
    • Pale skin
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dizziness
  • Swelling, pain, redness, burning, or leakage of fluid around your injection site
  • Signs of liver problems, such as:
    • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Pale stool
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Persistent or severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Extreme thirst
  • Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling depressed
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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