DMSO Side Effects


Dimethyl Sulfoxide, or DMSO, is a prescription drug that is used to treat a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. A sterile solution of this drug is instilled directly into the bladder with a syringe or a catheter.

DMSO is used to treat a bladder condition.
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According to, allergic reactions can occur with a DMSO treatment such as skin rash, chest tightness or breathing problems.

Breathing problems may be a side effect of DMSO.
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According to, patients treated with DMSO may experience bladder discomfort, garlic breath odor for as long as 72 hours after treatment and a garlic odor on the skin for the same length of time. A garlic taste may linger in the mouth for several hours after the administration of the drug.

A garlic taste may linger in the mouth.
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According to, the use of DMSO has resulted in eye pain, eye burning and changes in vision.

Eye pain may be a side effect.
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According to, women who are pregnant or expect to become pregnant should discuss the appropriateness of DMSO use during pregnancy. Women should also get input from a doctor before they use DMSO while breastfeeding.

Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking DMSO.
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According to, anesthesia during DMSO treatment may be appropriate for patients with a very sensitive bladder.

Anesthesia during treatment may be appropriate.
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