Pattern of Adverse Drug Reactions Due to Cancer Chemotherapy in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital in Eastern India

Pratyay Pratim Datta
2013 Journal of Pharmacovigilance  
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a global problem adding to the economic burden of the society. Anti-cancer drugs are prone to cause ADRs and there is lack of pharmacovigilance data on such drugs. Therefore the present study was undertaken to monitor suspected ADRs in the radiotherapy unit of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Eastern India. Results: 87% of the total patients receiving cancer chemotherapy developed ADRs. Most common ADRs found were nausea and vomiting followed by
more » ... owed by neutropenia. Cisplatin, Cyclophosphamide, 5-Fluoro uracil, Paclitaxel and Adriamycin were common drugs causing ADRs. 62% of the ADRs were probable according to Naranjo scale. Conclusion: The cancer chemotherapeutic drugs are associated with varied adverse effects. However, early detection of drug toxicity helps to modify the doses or the drug regimen to minimize toxic effects.
doi:10.4172/2329-6887.1000107 fatcat:t7q2hdajwnci7h6tlfbyu4xvim