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If you are using Thioplex and experience unusual bruising, fever, or bloody stools, contact your healthcare provider right away. Dangerous problems can occur with this chemotherapy drug, so it is important to know which reactions require immediate medical treatment. Some of the other possible side effects of Thioplex include nausea, hair loss, and fatigue.
As with any chemotherapy medicine, Thioplex® (thiotepa) can cause side effects. In fact, most people will experience some type of reaction to this drug, and some problems 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 Thioplex. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. The prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Thioplex, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with limited 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 prescribing information, possible Thioplex side effects include:
- 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
- Hair loss (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Pain at the site of the injection
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Blurred vision
- Menstrual changes in women, such as light, infrequent, or complete absence of a period
- Infertility, which may or may not be reversible.