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Vedolizumab Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of vedolizumab include: nasopharyngitis. Other side effects include: upper respiratory tract infection and fatigue. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to vedolizumab: intravenous powder for solution

As well as its needed effects, vedolizumab may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking vedolizumab, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:
  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Less common:
  • Back pain
  • chest tightness
  • flushing
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weakness
Rare
  • Cough
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives, itching, or skin rash
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the chest
Incidence not known:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • blurred vision
  • clay-colored stools
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

Minor Side Effects

Some vedolizumab 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:
  • Difficulty with moving
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in the joints

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to vedolizumab: intravenous powder for injection

General

The most common adverse reactions were nasopharyngitis, headache, arthralgia, nausea, pyrexia, upper respiratory tract infection, fatigue, cough, bronchitis, influenza, back pain, rash, pruritus, sinusitis, oropharyngeal pain, and pain in extremities.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash, pruritus[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, oropharyngeal pain
Frequency not reported: Anal abscess[Ref]

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Urinary tract infection

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Elevations of transaminase, elevations of bilirubin, hepatitis, ALT elevations, AST elevations[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Infusion related reactions were nausea, headache, pruritus, dizziness, fatigue, pyrexia, urticaria and vomiting.
Anaphylaxis symptoms were dyspnea, bronchospasm, urticaria, flushing, rash and increased blood pressure and heart rate, and were managed with discontinuation of infusion and treatment with antihistamine and intravenous hydrocortisone.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Infusion related reaction
Rare (less than 0.1%): Anaphylaxis[Ref]

Immunologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bacterial sepsis, septic shock
Frequency not reported: Sepsis, tuberculosis, salmonella sepsis, Listeria meningitis, giardiasis, cytomegaloviral colitis[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Arthralgia (12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, pain in extremities[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (12%)[Ref]

Oncologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Transitional cell carcinoma, carcinoid tumor of the appendix
Frequency not reported: B-cell lymphoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, malignant hepatic neoplasm, malignant lung neoplasm, malignant melanoma, lung cancer of primary neuroendocrine carcinoma, renal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia, fatigue[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Nasopharyngitis (13%),
Common (1% to 10%): Upper respiratory tract infection, cough, bronchitis, influenza, sinusitis[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Entyvio (vedolizumab)." Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Lincolnshire, IL.

It is possible that some side effects of vedolizumab 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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