Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • joint pain
  • bone pain
  • fever
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • reactions at the site of the injection

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

  • dry mouth
  • muscle pain
  • dizziness
  • low energy
  • flu-like symptoms
  • taste impairment
  • a skin rash
  • decreased appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a toxic effect on the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord
  • a painful condition that affects the nerves in the legs and arms called peripheral neuropathy
  • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
  • damage to the liver and inflammation

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

  • blurred vision
  • a sore throat
  • dry skin
  • backache
  • leg cramps
  • excessive sweating
  • trouble breathing
  • cough
  • stomach cramps
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • runny nose

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • overactive thyroid gland
  • a condition with low thyroid hormone levels
  • low platelet count and bleeding from immune response
  • suicidal behavior
  • suicidal thoughts
  • depression
  • a clot in the small veins that carry blood to or from the retina of the eye
  • bleeding from the retina
  • pink eye
  • optic disk edema
  • optic neuropathy, a disease of the optic nerve
  • hearing loss
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • pneumonia
  • fluid in the lungs
  • acute inflammation of the pancreas
  • kidney failure
  • decreased kidney function
  • dead skin
  • chest pain
  • high blood sugar

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

  • a cold sore
  • high amount of triglyceride in the blood
  • inflammation of the gums
  • itching
  • hair loss
  • drowsiness
  • chills
  • numbness
  • weight loss
  • gas
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