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Thymoglobulin Side Effects

Generic Name: anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit)

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit). It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Thymoglobulin.

For the Consumer

Applies to anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit): intravenous powder for solution

As well as its needed effects, anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit), check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:
  • Black, tarry stools
  • bladder pain
  • bleeding gums
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • cloudy or bloody urine
  • cold
  • confusion
  • cough or hoarseness
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • irregular or slow heartbeat
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling around the lips, hands, or feet
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pounding in the ears
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen glands
  • troubled breathing
  • unexplained anxiety
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
Less common:
  • Burning feeling in chest or stomach tenderness
  • burning or stinging of the skin
  • indigestion
  • inflammation of joints
  • painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, or genitals
  • stomach upset
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • hives, itching, rash
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

Minor Side Effects

Some anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • anxiety
  • loss of strength or energy
  • nausea
  • pain
  • swelling of the ankles, feet, and fingers
  • tightness in the chest

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit): intravenous powder for injection


General side effects have included chills, fever, infections and pain.[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension, peripheral edema, tachycardia, pulmonary edema and myocardial infarction.[Ref]


Other side effects have included infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and protozoal), reactivation of infections (particularly cytomegalovirus [CMV]) and sepsis.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache, malaise, asthenia and dizziness.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included leukopenia and thrombocytopenia.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included gastrointestinal and oral moniliasis, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.[Ref]


Genitourinary side effects have included urinary tract infection and vaginitis.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included herpes simplex infections and rash.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary edema and dyspnea.[Ref]


Metabolic side effects have included hyperkalemia.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Thymoglobulin (anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit))." Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge, MA.

It is possible that some side effects of Thymoglobulin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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