ACTEMRA Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • abnormal liver function tests

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • throat irritation
  • a common cold
  • headache
  • reactions at the site of the injection

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • pneumonia
  • a high alanine transaminase level
  • a high aspartate transaminase level

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • high amount of triglyceride in the blood
  • excessive fat in the blood
  • bronchitis
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • itching
  • dizziness

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • active tuberculosis
  • a systemic inflammatory response called sepsis due to an infection with bacteria
  • shingles
  • an infection due to the fungus Candida
  • a type of systemic fungal infection called coccidioidomycosis
  • a type of fungal lung infection called histoplasmosis
  • an infection by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis
  • a type of systemic fungal infection called aspergillosis
  • opportunistic fungal infection
  • pneumonia with a fungus called Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • cancer or malignancy
  • a condition with low thyroid hormone levels
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • multiple sclerosis
  • a stomach ulcer
  • inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines
  • diverticulitis
  • acute liver failure
  • liver damage
  • kidney stones
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • hives
  • bacteria causing an infection in the joints
  • high amount of bilirubin in the blood
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug
  • reactivation of a past tuberculosis infection
  • a rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • pancreatitis
  • cellulitis
  • peripheral demyelinating neuropathy, a type of nerve disorder

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • a herpes simplex infection
  • pink eye
  • fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • weight gain
  • trouble breathing
  • cough

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