BCG Live is a bacterial medication that is used to help combat bladder cancer. It is injected directly into cancerous growths on the bladder. The bacteria causes inflammation in the bladder so that white blood cells rush to the area; the white blood cells then kill cancer cells along with the infection.
Some people are severely allergic to this medication. Allergic reactions may include swelling in the tongue, throat or face. This can interfere with the patient’s ability to breathe; seek emergency treatment if you have any of these symptoms. You should also seek treatment if you get hives or a rash in response to taking this medication.
Many patients are uncomfortable after taking this medication. Side effects include:
- Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, chills and vomiting
- Difficulty urinating or pain or burning sensations while urinating
- Eye pain and sensitivity to light