What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment unless your doctor tells you to stop. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
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.
Height and weight growth of a child taking this medicine will be monitored closely.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 30 days after stopping 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 and for 2 weeks after the last dose.
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 black, tarry stools
body aches or pain
burning, tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
coughing up blood
decrease in the amount of urine
fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
full or bloated feeling
loss of voice
lower back or side pain
noisy or rattling breathing
painful or difficult urination
pressure in the stomach
sensation of pins and needles
severe stomach pain
swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
swelling of the face, fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
tightness in the chest
ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Blue lips and fingernails
coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
decreased urine output
difficult or fast breathing
dilated neck veins
swelling in the legs and ankles
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
difficulty with swallowing
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
itching skin or rash
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
muscle aching, cramping, or stiffness
muscle or bone pain
pain in the joints
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or dark brown urine
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.