DMSO Side Effects

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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.
DMSO is used to treat a bladder condition. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Allergic Reactions

According to Drugs.com, 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.
Breathing problems may be a side effect of DMSO. (Image: Lisa F. Young/iStock/Getty Images)

Common Side Effects

According to Drugs.com, 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.
A garlic taste may linger in the mouth. (Image: papa42/iStock/Getty Images)

Severe Side Effects

According to Drugs.com, the use of DMSO has resulted in eye pain, eye burning and changes in vision.

Eye pain may be a side effect.
Eye pain may be a side effect. (Image: Dirima/iStock/Getty Images)

Warnings

According to Drugs.com, 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.
Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking DMSO. (Image: Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images)

Precautions

According to Drugs.com, anesthesia during DMSO treatment may be appropriate for patients with a very sensitive bladder.

Anesthesia during treatment may be appropriate.
Anesthesia during treatment may be appropriate. (Image: 4774344sean/iStock/Getty Images)

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