CYCLOSPORINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • high blood pressure
  • overgrowth of gums onto teeth
  • damage to the kidneys

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

  • indigestion
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • dizziness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • pain
  • muscle tremors
  • visible water retention
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a systemic inflammatory response called sepsis due to an infection with bacteria
  • an infection due to a fungus
  • an infection
  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • seizures
  • a skin rash
  • trouble breathing
  • chest pain
  • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice

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

  • a migraine headache
  • ringing in the ears
  • a type of stomach irritation called gastritis
  • acne
  • skin discoloration
  • leg cramps
  • nausea
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal bloating
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection due to a virus
  • an infection due to a parasite
  • a tumor
  • high levels of potassium in the blood
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • a type of brain function problem called encephalopathy
  • a change in vision
  • hearing loss
  • a heart attack
  • thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a type of blood disorder
  • an ulcer from too much stomach acid
  • liver failure
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • blockage of normal bile flow
  • bleeding from stomach, esophagus or duodenum
  • a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis
  • kidney failure
  • bloody urine
  • high amount of uric acid in the blood
  • high blood sugar
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • malignant lymphoma
  • pancreatitis
  • progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a type of brain infection
  • a type of brain disorder called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
  • kidney problems due to BK polyomavirus

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

  • confusion
  • depression
  • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • constipation
  • enlarged breasts
  • itching
  • thickening of the outer horny layer of the skin
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • taste impairment
  • decreased appetite
  • weight loss
  • hiccups
  • difficulty swallowing
  • low energy and weakness
  • generalized weakness
  • brittle nails
  • night sweats
  • anxious feelings

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