What should I watch for?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You will need important blood work done while you are taking 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. 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
blood in the urine or stools
difficulty with swallowing
fever or chills
painful or difficult urination accompanied by fever or chills
pinpoint red spots on the skin
sores in the mouth and on the lips
stomach pain (continuing)
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
pain at the injection site
swelling of the feet or lower legs
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach cramps
body aches or pain
chapped, red, or swollen lips
difficulty with breathing
difficulty with moving
difficulty with swallowing
dryness or soreness of the throat
flushing or redness of the skin
muscle aching or cramping
muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
muscle pains or stiffness
numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
scaling, redness, burning, pain, or other signs of inflammation of the lips
shortness of breath
tender, swollen glands in the neck
unusually warm 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:
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.