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BCG vaccine intravesic
BCG VACCINE - CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BCG VACCINE - CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC

(BCG vack-SEEN KEY-mow-thair-uh-PEW-tick)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Theracys

WARNING: This medication could cause a serious infection, which would require additional treatment. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop persistent fever, "flu-like" symptoms, or acute inflammation in the groin area.

Uses

This medication is used in the treatment of bladder cancer.

How To Use

This medication is given by trained medical personnel. Using a special catheter (tube), the medication is put into the bladder. You should then lie on your back, stomach and each side for 15 minutes to make sure the medication reaches all areas of the bladder. Try to keep the medication in your bladder for at least 2 hours. Avoid urinating after it is given for as long as possible. This medication may be given every month or up to every 3 months.

Side Effects

Painful or difficult urination, frequent urination, cramps, pain or blood in the urine may occur 2 to 4 hours after being given this medication and may continue for 24 to 72 hours. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, notify your MD. Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following after having this medication: fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, cough, skin rash, blood in the urine. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Because this medication contains active virus, it is important to pour household bleach into the toilet after urinating and before flushing for up to 6 hours after receiving the medication. This will prevent the infection caused by the virus from spreading. This medication should not be given to pregnant women unless the risks outweigh the benefits. Discuss this with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Patients with fever or bladder infection should not use this medication.

Drug Interactions

This medicine is not recommended for use with chemotherapy or steroids (prednisone-type drugs). Tell your doctor of all medication you may use, especially antibiotics.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include bloody urine, fever, chills, or severe dizziness.

Notes

Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

Contact your doctor.

Storage

Refrigerate.