The time it will take depends on the type of treatment, the number of medicines, and the amount needed.
Will It Hurt?
Giving you the medicine will usually not cause pain. Side effects may start in the hours and days after.
Average Hospital Stay
Most often, you can leave after the medicine is given to you. You may need to stay in a hospital for some treatments. This may be about 2-3 days.
You may need to stay in the hospital if there are problems, such as vomiting.
At the Hospital
After you are given medicine, you may get:
Injections of an immune-system or blood cell boosting medicine
Other drugs, such as steroids, allergy medicines, sedatives, and antibiotics
The time it takes you to feel better will depend on the treatment you had and how your body responds. Some people will need more rest than others. You may be able to do regular activities or they may be very impacted.
Follow-up tests will show how the treatment is working. It can also help to find any complications. The tests will help guide future treatments.
Call Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor if you are having problems such as:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Sores in your mouth, throat, or lips
White patches in your mouth
Diarrhea or constipation
Vomiting that stops you from holding down fluids
Blood in your vomit
Nosebleeds, bleeding gums, new vaginal bleeding
Blood in your urine or stool
Burning or frequency of urination
Calf pain, swelling, or redness in the legs or feet
Abnormal vaginal leaking, itching, or odor
New pain or pain that you can't control with the medicines you were given
Numbness, tingling, or pain in your limbs
Joint pain, stiffness, rash, or other new problems
Redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, or a pimple at the site of your IV
Headache, stiff neck
Problems hearing or seeing
Ringing in your ears
Exposure to someone with an illness that can spread, such as chickenpox
Weight gain or loss of 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) or more
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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