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Acetohydroxamic acid Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 7, 2020.

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of acetohydroxamic acid include: hemolytic anemia, anemia, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and malaise. Other side effects include: reticulocytosis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to acetohydroxamic acid: oral tablet

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Low mood (depression).

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Not hungry.
  • Shakiness.
  • Hair loss.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to acetohydroxamic acid: oral tablet


Very common (10% or more): Nausea (25%), vomiting (25), anorexia (25%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Depression (20%), anxiety (20%), nervousness (20%), trembling (20%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Hemolytic anemia (15%)[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (30%)

Frequency not reported: Trembling[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Macular skin rash, alopecia[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Deep vein thrombosis

Frequency not reported: Phlebitis, palpitations[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Malaise (25%)[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Lithostat (acetohydroxamic acid)." Mission Pharmaceutical Company, San Antonio, TX.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.