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BCG (bee see jee)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

TheraCys; Tice BCG

Brand Names: Canada

BCG Vaccine; ImmuCyst®; Oncotice™

Warning

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • Very bad and sometimes deadly infections have happened in patients who take this drug. If you have any infection, are taking antibiotics now or in the recent past, or have had many infections, talk with your doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat bladder cancer.
  • It is used to prevent TB (tuberculosis).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to BCG or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Active TB (tuberculosis), cancer, a fever, HIV infection, or a weak immune system.

Shot:

  • If you are taking any drugs to suppress your immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. There are many drugs that can suppress your immune system. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you have bone marrow disease from chemo or radiation.

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • If you have any of these health problems: Blood in the urine or urinary tract infection (UTI).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you take this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Shot:

  • Very bad bone problems have happened with this drug. This can happen from 4 months to 2 years after the vaccine is received. Rarely, this has been deadly. Talk with the doctor.

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not give to a child. Talk with your doctor.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Flu-like signs lasting for more than 3 days.

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Bright red blood or clots in the urine.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.

Shot:

  • Bone pain.
  • High fever.
  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

All products:

  • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating. Mild pain drugs may help.
  • Feeling tired or weak.

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • Bladder irritation.
  • Passing urine often.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Not hungry.

Shot:

  • Swollen gland.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Small red bumps may appear where the shot was given within 10 to 14 days. Most of the time, these may grow to be the biggest after 4 to 6 weeks. By 6 months, there usually is not a sign that a shot was given. Call your doctor right away if you have a reaction other than this or one that is not normal.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

Bladder cancer treatment:

  • It is given into the bladder.
  • You will need to try to keep this drug in your bladder for up to 2 hours, but no longer than 2 hours. Keep a note of how long you were able to hold it so you can tell your nurse or doctor at your next visit.
  • Use the same toilet each time you use the bathroom in your home. Sit down on the toilet to urinate to keep urine from splashing or spraying.
  • Before flushing, add 1 cup of bleach to the urine. Wait 15 minutes, then flush. Do this for the first 6 hours after BCG is given.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into the skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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