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Scenesse Side Effects

Generic name: afamelanotide

Note: This document contains side effect information about afamelanotide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Scenesse.

Applies to afamelanotide: subcutaneous implant


The more commonly reported adverse effects have included implant site reaction, specifically implant site discoloration, nausea, oropharyngeal pain, cough, and fatigue.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Implant skin reaction (21%)

Common (1% to 10%): Skin hyperpigmentation, skin irritation, melanocytic nevus, non-acute porphyria[Ref]

Implant site reactions including implant site bruising, discoloration, erythema, hemorrhage, hypertrophy, irritation, nodule, pain, pruritus, swelling; injection site bruising and erythema; and expelled implant occurred more commonly in those receiving drug than those in the vehicle group (21% vs 10%). The most common implant site reaction reported in clinical studies was implant site discoloration (10%).

Skin hyperpigmentation included events of skin hyperpigmentation, pigmentation lip (subjects also had skin hyperpigmentation), and pigmentation disorder.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Nausea (19%)

Common (1% to 10%): Oropharyngeal pain


Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Cough, respiratory tract infection[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, somnolence[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Scenesse (afamelanotide)." Clinuvel, Inc., West Menlo Park, CA.

Further information

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