Aubagio Side Effects

Generic Name: teriflunomide

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of teriflunomide. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Aubagio.

Not all side effects for Aubagio may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to teriflunomide: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, teriflunomide (the active ingredient contained in Aubagio) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking teriflunomide:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chills
  • cough
  • cough producing mucus
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of voice
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Less common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
  • agitation
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • burning, numbness, pain, or tingling in all fingers except smallest finger
  • clay colored stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • dark urine
  • decreased appetite
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • itching
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle twitching
  • pale skin
  • pounding in the ears
  • rapid weight gain
  • seizures
  • skin rash
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • stupor
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • yellow eyes or skin
Rare
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • joint pain
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes

Some side effects of teriflunomide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Hair loss or thinning of the hair
Less common
  • Blemishes on the skin
  • bone pain
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • difficulty with moving
  • discharge or excessive tearing
  • full or bloated feeling
  • muscle cramping or stiffness
  • pain in the lower back, bottom, or hips
  • pain in the upper leg
  • pimples
  • pressure in the stomach
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
  • swollen joints
  • toothache
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to teriflunomide: oral tablet

General

The most commonly reported side effects were increased ALT, alopecia, diarrhea, influenza, nausea and paresthesia.

Hematologic

Common (1% to 10%): Neutropenia, leukopenia, decreased neutrophil count, decreased WBC count
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anemia, mild thrombocytopenia, lymphopenia
Frequency not reported: Decreased platelet count

Hepatic

Very common (10% or more): Increased ALT levels (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Increased AST and GGT levels
Frequency not reported: Fatal liver failure and dysfunction, hepatotoxicity

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension, palpitations, tachycardia

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Alopecia (up to 13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Acne, pruritus, tinea pedis, rash
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Generalized pruritus
Frequency not reported: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (Up to 18%), nausea (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Upper abdominal pain, toothache, tooth infection, oral herpes, viral gastroenteritis, abdominal distention, vomiting, inguinal hernia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pancreatitis

Genitourinary

Very common (10% or more): Urinary tract infection
Common (1% to 10%): Cystitis, menorrhagia

Immunologic

Very common (10% or more): Influenza
Common (1% to 10%): Seasonal allergy, oral herpes, mild allergic reactions
Frequency not reported: Bone marrow effects/Immunosuppression potential/Infections

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hypophosphatemia
Common (1% to 10%): Decreased weight, hyperkalemia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyperamylasemia

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Musculoskeletal pain, myalgia

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 22%), paresthesia (up to 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Sciatica, burning sensation, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy (both polyneuropathy and mononeuropathy), multiple sclerosis, neuralgia, hyperesthesia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Blurred vision, conjunctivitis

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety, depression

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Influenza (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Upper respiratory infection, lower respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Interstitial lung disease

Renal

Common (1% to 10%): Transient acute renal failure, pollakiuria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased blood creatinine

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Pain

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