IFEX Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • damage to the liver and inflammation
  • inflammation of the bladder with hemorrhage
  • difficult or painful urination
  • an increased need to urinate often

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

  • hair loss
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • confusion
  • damage to the kidneys

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

  • fever
  • inflammation of the vein, or phlebitis after infusion

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a systemic inflammatory response called sepsis due to an infection with bacteria
  • shingles
  • opportunistic fungal infection
  • pneumonia with a fungus called Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • renal cell carcinoma
  • acute leukemia
  • thyroid cancer
  • a disorder with excess antidiuretic hormone called syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
  • excess body acid
  • a reduction in the body's resistance to infection
  • hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that affects the kidney and the blood
  • significantly decreased activity of the bone marrow
  • a type of blood clotting disorder called disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
  • methemoglobinemia, a type of blood disorder
  • mental problems from taking the drug
  • extrapyramidal disease, a type of movement disorder
  • a type of brain function problem called encephalopathy
  • a toxic effect on the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord
  • generalized disorder of peripheral nerves
  • toxicity to the nerve that controls hearing
  • high blood pressure
  • a heart attack
  • a clot in the lung
  • fluid in the covering of the heart or pericardium
  • cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle
  • bundle branch block
  • abnormal heart electrical signals
  • supraventricular tachycardia
  • rapid ventricular heartbeat
  • atrial fibrillation
  • premature atrial heartbeats
  • ventricular premature beats
  • ventricular arrhythmias, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • supraventricular arrhythmias, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • toxicity to the heart
  • inflammation of the blood vessels
  • capillary leak syndrome, a condition where fluid leaks out of small blood vessels
  • hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a type of liver disease
  • blood clot in a deep vein of the extremities
  • low blood pressure
  • a type of inflammation of the lung called interstitial pneumonitis
  • a condition where there is formation of fibrous tissue in the lung called pulmonary fibrosis
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder
  • coma
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • a significant drop in blood pressure due to bacterial infection
  • trouble breathing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • malignant lymphoma
  • diabetes insipidus with kidney complications
  • progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a type of brain infection
  • multiple organ failure
  • therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia
  • excess fibrous tissue around covering of heart
  • an increased risk of developing an uncommon viral infection called an opportunistic infection
  • radiation recall syndrome
  • tumor lysis syndrome

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

  • panic disorder
  • a painful condition that affects the nerves in the legs and arms called peripheral neuropathy
  • blurred vision
  • pink eye
  • ringing in the ears
  • hearing loss
  • excessive saliva production
  • constipation
  • low sperm count
  • absence of menstrual periods
  • skin inflammation
  • itching
  • darkening of the skin
  • delirium
  • memory loss
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • low energy
  • chills
  • temporary redness of face and neck
  • decreased appetite
  • excessive thirst
  • involuntary leakage of urine
  • excess urination
  • impaired wound healing
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • intense abdominal pain
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