Side Effects

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

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:

More common

  1. Fever more than 99.5 degrees F
  2. general feeling of discomfort or illness
  3. unusual tiredness or weakness


  1. Body aches or pain
  2. chest tightness
  3. chills
  4. cough
  5. difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  6. dryness or soreness of the throat
  7. ear congestion
  8. headache
  9. hives
  10. hoarseness
  11. itching, especially of the feet or hands
  12. loss of voice
  13. reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
  14. sneezing
  15. sore throat
  16. stuffy or runny nose
  17. swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose
  18. swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  19. trouble breathing
  20. unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)
  21. voice changes

Incidence not known

  1. Agitation
  2. back pain
  3. black, tarry stools
  4. bleeding gums
  5. blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  6. blood in the urine or stools
  7. blurred vision
  8. burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
  9. clay-colored stools
  10. coma
  11. confusion
  12. dark urine
  13. diarrhea
  14. difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels
  15. difficulty with walking
  16. dizziness
  17. drowsiness
  18. fainting
  19. fast heartbeat
  20. feeling of discomfort
  21. feeling sad or depressed
  22. flu-like symptoms
  23. forgetful
  24. hallucinations
  25. inability to move the arms and legs
  26. increased sweating
  27. inflammation of the joints
  28. joint or muscle pain
  29. large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  30. loss of appetite
  31. muscle aches or cramps
  32. nausea
  33. pinpoint red spots on the skin
  34. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  35. rash
  36. red, irritated eyes
  37. seizures
  38. sensation of pins and needles
  39. shakiness and unsteady walk
  40. slurred speech
  41. sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  42. stabbing pain
  43. stiff neck
  44. stomach pain
  45. sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs
  46. swollen lymph glands
  47. unpleasant breath odor
  48. unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
  49. unusual bleeding or bruising
  50. vomiting of blood
  51. yellow eyes or skin

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:

More common

  1. Pain, redness, swelling, or lumps at the injection site
  2. weight loss

Less common

  1. Arm pain
  2. bleeding between periods
  3. change in the amount of bleeding during periods
  4. change in the pattern of monthly periods
  5. lack or loss of strength
  6. tenderness or warmth at the injection site
  7. unusual stopping of menstrual bleeding


  1. Change in color vision
  2. change in taste
  3. collection of blood under the skin
  4. deep, dark purple bruise
  5. difficulty seeing at night
  6. difficulty with moving
  7. dizziness or lightheadedness
  8. excessive muscle tone
  9. feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  10. increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  11. loss of taste
  12. muscle tension or tightness
  13. sensation of spinning
  14. sleeplessness
  15. trouble with sleeping
  16. unable to sleep
  17. welts

Incidence not known

  1. 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
  2. sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

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.