What should I watch for?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
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.
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.
This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.
Be careful brushing and flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Men should not father a child while taking this medicine and for 3 months after stopping it. 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 or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Black, tarry stools
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
blood in the urine or stools
burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
difficult or labored breathing
difficult or painful urination
lower back or side pain
pinpoint red spots on the skin
rapid weight gain
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
tightness in the chest
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight gain or loss
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
Incidence not known
Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lower abdominal cramping
stomach pain or upset
tenderness in the stomach area
thickening of bronchial secretions
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:
change in taste
difficulty with swallowing
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
thinning of the hair
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.