Many people using this medication have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this drug because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk.
Common side effects:
- loss of appetite,
- tiredness, or
- trouble sleeping
- constipation, which in some cases may become serious
- temporary hair loss
Tell your doctor right away if you experience burning, pain, irritation, redness, or swelling around the injection site.
This medication may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat, cough).
This medication commonly affects the nerves and muscles in your body. These side effects may improve if your doctor temporarily stops the treatment and then restarts it at a lower dose. However, sometimes these side effects may worsen and persist, which may require stopping treatment.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
- painful/difficult urination,
- change in the amount of urine,
- pain (including in the joints, back, muscles),
- numbness/tingling/burning/pain of the feet/hands,
- difficulty walking,
- loss of coordination/balance,
- inability to move your muscles (including the muscles of your face and other parts of your body),
- drooping eyelids,
- trouble speaking.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
- vision/hearing changes,
- mental/mood changes (such as depression, hallucinations, confusion),
- easy bleeding/bruising,
- severe tiredness.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including:
- trouble breathing,
- chest/jaw/left arm pain,
- signs of liver problems (such as dark urine, persistent nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin).