WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CELLCEPT?
CELLCEPT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, INCLUDING:
- See “What is the most important information I should know about CellCept?”
- Low blood cell counts. People taking high doses of CellCept each day may have a decrease in blood counts, including:
- white blood cells, especially neutrophils. Neutrophils fight against bacterial infections. You have a higher chance of getting an infection when your white blood cell count is low. This is most common from 1 month to 6 months after your transplant
- red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to your body tissues. You have a higher chance of getting severe anemia when your red blood cell count is low
- platelets. Platelets help with blood clotting
Your doctor will do blood tests before you start taking CellCept and during treatment with CellCept to check your blood cell counts. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (see “What is the most important information I should know about CellCept?”), including any unexpected bruising or bleeding. Also, tell your doctor if you have unusual tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness or fainting.
Stomach problems. Stomach problems including intestinal bleeding, a tear in your intestinal wall (perforation) or stomach ulcers can happen in people who take CellCept. Bleeding can be severe and you may have to be hospitalized for treatment. Call your doctor right away if you have sudden or severe stomach-area pain or stomach-area pain that does not go away, or if you have diarrhea.
The most common side effects of CellCept include:
- blood problems including low white and red blood cell counts
- blood pressure problems
- fast heart beat
- swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet
- changes in laboratory blood levels, including high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- stomach problems including diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting
- nervous system problems such as headache, dizziness and tremor
Side effects that can happen more often in children than in adults taking CellCept include:
- stomach area pain
- blood infection (sepsis)
- sore throat
- colds (respiratory tract infections)
- high blood pressure
- low white blood cell count
- low red blood cell count
These are not all of the possible side effects of CellCept. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS and Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.