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. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to monitor possible side effects of the drug.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 8 weeks after stopping it. 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 4 weeks 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 or for 2 weeks after stopping it.
This medicine has caused ovarian failure in some women and reduced sperm counts in some men. This medicine may interfere with the ability to have a child. You should talk with your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.
This medicine has caused reduced sperm counts in some men. This may interfere with the ability to father a child. You should talk to your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.
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.
If you have had a kidney transplant, immediately tell your doctor if your incision site is red, warm, or painful. Also, tell your doctor if your incision site opens up or swells or if contains blood, fluid, or pus.
Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
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:
Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
chest pain or tightness
difficult or labored breathing
difficulty with swallowing
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lower back or side pain
painful or difficult urination
rapid weight gain
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips, tongue, or inside the mouth
tingling of the hands or feet
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
coughing up blood
extreme tiredness or weakness
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
increased thirst or urination
loss of appetite
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
decreased awareness or responsiveness
unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
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
itching skin or rash
lack or loss of strength
loss of taste
pain in the arms or legs
blistering, peeling, redness, or swelling of the palms, hands, or bottoms of the feet
bumps on the skin
burning, dry, or itching eyes
discoloration of the fingernails or toenails
feeling of fullness
flushing or redness of the skin
numbness, pain, tingling, or unusual sensations in the palms of the hands or bottoms of the feet
passing of gas
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
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.