Therapy for polycythemia vera (PV) can sometimes produce side effects. For most patients, treatment side effects are temporary and go away once therapy ends. For other patients, side effects can be more severe, sometimes requiring hospitalization.
Before you undergo treatment, talk with your doctor about potential side effects. Drugs and other therapies can prevent or manage many side effects. To read about specific side effects of the drugs used to treat PV, visit Drug Listings.
- Managing Side Effects
- Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
- Download lists of suggested questions to ask your doctor
- FDA drug information webpage
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s free information booklet, Understanding Side Effects of Drug Therapy.