What should I watch for?
This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.
This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 30 days after it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.
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:
Black, tarry stools
blood in the urine or stools
difficult or labored breathing
lower back or side pain
painful or difficult urination
pinpoint red spots on the skin
swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing with exertion
ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
chest pain or discomfort
cough with mucus
fast or irregular heartbeat
general feeling of discomfort or illness
joint pain, stiffness or swelling
loss of appetite
muscle aches, pains, or twitching
nausea or vomiting
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
rapid weight gain
redness of the skin
swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
weakness or heaviness of the legs
Blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin
blue lips, fingernails, or skin
chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder
coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
difficult, noisy breathing
irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
red, irritated eyes
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
yellow eyes or skin
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:
Blemishes on the skin
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
change in taste
loss of taste
ringing, buzzing, or other unexplained noise in the ears that continues
tenderness in the stomach area
Flaking and falling off of the skin
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.