Anagrelide Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Notify your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency treatment if you develop breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg. These can be signs that your condition has gotten worse.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
body aches or pain
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
difficult or labored breathing
dryness or soreness of the throat
fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
rapid weight gain
tender, swollen glands in the neck
tightness in the chest
trouble with swallowing
burning feeling while urinating
decreased urine output
difficult or painful urination
dilated neck veins
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
extreme tiredness or weakness
general feeling of discomfort or illness
large, flat, blue, or purplish patches on the skin
loss of appetite
muscle aches and pains
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
severe pain or pressure in the chest or the jaw, neck, back, or arms
sudden severe headache or weakness
swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
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:
excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
hives or welts
lack or loss of strength
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
change in vision
continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
difficulty with moving
hair loss or thinning of the hair
increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
loss of memory
muscle pain or stiffness
problems with memory
redness or other discoloration of the skin
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
swelling or inflammation of the mouth
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.