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Erivedge Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 9 months after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Women of child-bearing potential will need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medicine. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Men must use a latex condom during sexual contact with a woman while taking this medicine and for 3 months after you stop taking this medicine. A latex condom is needed even if you have had a vasectomy. Contact your doctor right away if your partner becomes pregnant. Do not donate sperm while taking this medicine and for 3 months after you stop taking this medicine.

Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine or for 9 months after stopping it.

Do not give blood while taking this medicine or for 9 months after stopping it.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Bloody or cloudy urine




decreased urine output


dry mouth

fast or irregular heartbeat


increased thirst

muscle pain or cramps

nausea or vomiting

pain in the lower back or side

shortness of breath

swelling of the face, ankles, or hands


unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods

change in taste

decreased appetite


difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

difficulty with moving

hair loss or thinning of the hair

loss of taste

muscle spasm or stiffness

pain in the joints

stopping of menstrual bleeding

weight loss

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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