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.
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 if you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection.
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:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with breathing
loss of voice
stuffy or runny nose
unusual tiredness or weakness
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cough with mucus
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
painful cold sores or blisters on the lips
pounding in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
tender, swollen glands in the neck
tightness of the chest
trouble with sleeping
trouble with swallowing
frequent or painful urination
redness, soreness, or itching of the skin
severe stomach pain
sores, welts, or blisters
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red, scaling, or crusted skin
swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
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:
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
burning or stinging of the skin
difficulty having a bowel movement
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.