What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need to have blood work 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.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for at least 2 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 at least 2 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 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.
If you are going to have surgery or any other procedures, tell your doctor 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Black, tarry stools
blood in the urine or stools
clay colored stools
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
dry skin and hair
hoarseness or husky voice
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
itching, skin rash
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
muscle cramps and stiffness
painful or difficult urination
pinpoint red spots on the skin
pounding in the ears
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
redness, swelling, or pain of the skin
scaling of the skin on the hands and feet
slow or fast heartbeat
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
stomach pain or tenderness
swelling of the feet or lower legs
tingling of the hands and feet
ulceration of the skin
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellow eyes or skin
Bleeding from the rectum or bloody stools
irregular or slow heart rate
numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
pain or discomfort in the shoulders, arms, jaw, back, or neck
swelling or puffiness of the face
trouble speaking, thinking, or walking
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 hair color
change in taste
lack or loss of strength
loss of taste
thinning of the hair
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.