Aldesleukin Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks.
Try to avoid people who are sick. If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infections.
The medicine may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon. Tell your doctor or health care professional about any side effects or problems you develop.
Common and Rare Side Effects
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 or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
fever or chills
shortness of breath
sores in the mouth and on lips
tingling of the hands or feet
unusual decrease in urination
unusual tiredness or weakness
weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds or more
blurred or double vision
fast or irregular heartbeat
loss of taste
redness, swelling, and soreness of the tongue
trouble with speaking
yellow eyes and skin
Changes in menstrual periods
pain or redness at injection site
sudden inability to move
swelling in the front of the neck
swelling of the feet or lower legs
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:
loss of appetite
skin rash or redness with burning or itching, followed by peeling
unusual feeling of discomfort or illness
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.