Dupixent Side Effects
Generic Name: dupilumab
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 27, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about dupilumab. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Dupixent.
Common side effects of Dupixent include: allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctivitis, injection site reaction, ophthalmic inflammation, and eye irritation. Other side effects include: oral herpes simplex infection. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to dupilumab: subcutaneous solution
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, dupilumab (the active ingredient contained in Dupixent) 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 dupilumab:
- Burning or dry eyes
- excessive tearing
- pain, redness, irritation, itching, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
- Black, tarry stools
- blistering or crusting of the skin
- burning, tingling, or numbness in the hands and feet
- chest pain
- painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, or genitals
- painful or difficult urination
- reddening of the skin
- scaly patches on the skin
- skin rash
- sore throat
- swollen glands
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Feeling of discomfort
- hives, itching
- lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
- muscle aches
- pain in the groin or legs, especially the calves
- pain or swelling in the joints
- severe, sudden headache
- slurred speech
- sudden loss of coordination
- sudden, severe weakness or numbness in the arm or leg
- swelling of the hands, face, or mouth
- trouble breathing
- trouble swallowing
- vision changes
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of dupilumab 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:
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
- Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
- difficulty in moving
- mouth or throat pain
- muscle stiffness
- stomach upset
- tenderness in the stomach area
- trouble sleeping
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to dupilumab: subcutaneous solution
Very common (10% or more): Conjunctivitis (cluster includes conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis, giant papillary conjunctivitis, eye irritation, and eye inflammation) (10%)
Very common (10% or more): Injection site reactions (10%)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Herpes simplex viral infections (e.g., herpes simplex, genital herpes, herpes simplex otitis externa, herpes virus infection), immunogenicity
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Serum sickness/serum sickness-like reactions[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Oral herpes[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Eosinophilia
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Dupixent (dupilumab)." sanofi-aventis, Bridgewater, NJ.
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