A side effect of many anticancer and antiviral drugs, including AZT. Leads to a decrease in white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Such reductions, in turn, result in anemia, bacterial infections, and spontaneous or excess bleeding.
A general side effect associated with many chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat cancer and, sometimes, anti-HIV drugs. Bone marrow suppression may lead to a decrease in red blood cells (See Anemia), white blood cells (See Leukopenia) or platelets (See Thrombocytopenia). Bone marrow suppression is also referred to as myelosuppression.