Thymoglobulin Side Effects
Generic name: anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit)
Note: This document contains side effect information about anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit). Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Thymoglobulin.
Some side effects of Thymoglobulin may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit): intravenous powder for solution
Along with its needed effects, anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Because of the way that anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) acts on the body, there is a chance that it may cause effects that may not occur until years after the medicine is used. These delayed effects may include certain types of cancer, such as lymphomas and skin cancers. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.
Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit):More common
- Black, tarry stools
- bladder pain
- chest pain
- cloudy or bloody urine
- cough or hoarseness
- fast heartbeat
- flu-like symptoms
- frequent urge to urinate
- high blood pressure
- irregular or slow heartbeat
- lower back or side pain
- numbness or tingling around lips hands, or feet
- painful or difficult urination
- shortness of breath or troubled breathing
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
- swollen glands
- tiredness or weakness
- unexplained anxiety
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- weakness or heaviness of legs
- Burning or stinging of skin
- painful cold sores or blisters on lips, nose, eyes, or genitals
Some side effects of anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) 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
- Abdominal pain
- difficult or labored breathing
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- loss of strength or energy
- muscle pain or weakness
- swelling of ankles, feet, and fingers
- tightness in chest
- unusual weak feeling
- White patches on mouth, tongue, or throat
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit): intravenous powder for injection
General side effects have included chills, fever, infections and pain.
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension, peripheral edema, tachycardia, pulmonary edema and myocardial infarction.
Other side effects have included infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and protozoal), reactivation of infections (particularly cytomegalovirus [CMV]) and sepsis.
Nervous system side effects have included headache, malaise, asthenia and dizziness.
Hematologic side effects have included leukopenia and thrombocytopenia.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included gastrointestinal and oral moniliasis, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
Genitourinary side effects have included urinary tract infection and vaginitis.
Dermatologic side effects have included herpes simplex infections and rash.
Respiratory side effects have included pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary edema and dyspnea.
Metabolic side effects have included hyperkalemia.
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