Side Effects Severe Enough to Call Your Provider
Side Effects Severe Enough to Call Your Provider

Changes in your body temperature

  • Fever over 100°
  • Shaking chills
  • Sweating a lot

Changes in your skin

  • Any kind of bleeding or bruising
  • Swelling, pain or red irritation around the area where the IV (intravenous tube) was inserted

  • Swelling or redness of the eyelids, hands or feet
  • Redness or swelling around a sore, pimple or boil
  • Pins and needles in your hands and feet
  • Numbness or no feeling in your fingers or toes, hands or feet

Changes in your breathing or throat

  • Inability to catch your breath (call your provider)
  • Gasping for air (call your provider)
  • Choking feeling (call your provider)
  • Spastic coughing (call your provider)
  • Sore throat (call your provider if you have difficulty swallowing for more than a day)

Changes in your bowel movements

  • Severe diarrhea (if you have diarrhea more than four times in a day, call your provider)
  • Severe constipation (no bowel movement for more than 3 days, call your provider)

Changes in your urine (pee)

  • Reddish or brownish or darkened color (for more than 3 trips to the bathroom, call your provider)
  • Pain or burning when you pee (call your provider)
  • Urgent need to pee (if this occurs over a period of 2 hours, call your provider)
  • Peeing often throughout the day or night (call your provider)

Changes in your vision

  • Blurred or double vision (call your provider)
  • A lot of swelling and tearing (call your provider)
  • Very dry eyes (easily irritated; use saline eye drops; if the saline drops do not help, call your provider))
  • Cataracts (clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images; call your provider to have him/her check your eyes)
  • Problems with your retina (detached retina which must be treated immediately by a provider or can result in blindness in that eye)
  • Glaucoma (a build-up of fluid pressure in the eyes causing damage to the optic nerve that can result in limited vision or blindness; call your provider to have him/her check your eyes)

Serious side effects

  • A lot of patients dont want to bother the providers in between their chemo treatments and try to ignore serious side effects. But it is very important that your providers know what you are going through.
  • Write down your symptoms or side effects
  • Keep track of the day and times of your chemo treatments
  • The time of day that the side effects occurred
  • What types of side effects did you have
  • How long they lasted
  • How severe they were
  • How the side effect interfered with your daily activities
  • What were you doing when the side effect occurred
  • How did you try to deal with it.

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