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Apremilast Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of apremilast include: weight loss. Other side effects include: diarrhea, headache, and nausea. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to apremilast: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, apremilast 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 apremilast:

Rare

  • Changes in behavior
  • discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping

Incidence Not Known

  • Fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • hives, itching, rash
  • hoarseness
  • irritation
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • redness of the skin
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing or swallowing
  • weight loss

Some side effects of apremilast 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

Less Common

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to apremilast: oral tablet

General

The most commonly reported side effects included diarrhea, headache, and nausea.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain

Frequency not reported: Frequent bowel movement, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspepsia[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Upper respiratory tract infection, nasopharyngitis

Frequency not reported: Cough[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Rash[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Weight decrease, decreased appetite[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache

Frequency not reported: Migraine[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Otezla (apremilast)." Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ.

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.

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