Ipilimumab Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 3 months 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 or for 3 months after the last dose.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may need blood work done while you are 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:
Bloody, black, or tarry stools
itching, skin rash
severe stomach pain, cramping, or burning
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds, severe and continuing
watery or bloody diarrhea
Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
bloody or cloudy urine
blurred vision or other changes in vision
burning, dry, or itching eyes
burning, tingling, numbness or pain in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
cracked, dry, or scaly skin
darkening of the skin
decreased frequency or amount of urine
difficulty with breathing, chewing, swallowing, or talking
eye discharge or excessive tearing
eye pain or sensitivity to light
headache, possibly severe
hives or welts
loss of appetite
painful or difficult urination
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
sensation of pins and needles
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
swelling of the face, feet, or lower legs
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual weight gain
yellow eyes or skin
blue or pale skin
chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder
difficulty with moving
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lower back or side pain
muscle pain or stiffness
pain or burning in the throat
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
pains in the stomach or side, possibly radiating to the back
skin irritation or rash, including rash that looks like psoriasis
sores, welts, or blisters on the skin
stiff neck or back
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.