Brand Names : Photofrin
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may
cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur,
if they do occur they may need medical attention. Coughing, difficulty in
swallowing, breathing problems, and problems caused by sensitivity to light
have occurred in patients being treated for lung cancer as well as in patients
being treated for cancer of the esophagus. Spitting blood has been reported
only in patients being treated for lung cancer. The other side effects listed
below have occurred only in patients being treated for cancer of the esophagus.
The number and kinds of side effects that might occur depend on where in the
esophagus the tumor is located and on the size of the tumor.
Also, check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following
side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain (mild or moderate); bloody or cloudy urine; coughing; difficult, burning, or painful urination; difficulty
in swallowing; dizziness (severe) or fainting; fever; frequent urge to urinate; swelling of face, feet, or lower legs; tightness in chest or wheezing; unusual tiredness
or weakness; unusual weight gain; white patches inside the mouth
may also cause the following side effects that your doctor will watch for:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention.
These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the
medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects
continue or are bothersome:
Other side effects not listed above
may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with