What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of an infection. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take 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:
bloody or cloudy urine
body aches or pain
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with breathing
frequent urge to urinate
loss of voice
lower back or side pain
unusual tiredness or weakness
Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
pain in the arms, ankles, knees, or legs
painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs
rapid weight gain
tingling of the hands or feet
tightness in the chest
unusual weight gain or loss
coughing or spitting up blood
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
feeling of warmth
general feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness
itching, skin rash
joint pain or swelling
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals
loss of appetite
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
swelling of the lymph glands
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
red, scaling, or crusted skin
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
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:
Difficulty with moving
muscle pain or stiffness
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.