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Bedaquiline Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Bedaquiline has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking the drug were documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). Therefore, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
 
In these studies, the most common bedaquiline side effects included:
 
  • Nausea -- in up to 38 percent of people
  • Joint pain -- up to 32.9 percent
  • Headache -- up to 27.8 percent
  • Coughing up blood -- up to 17.7 percent
  • Chest pain -- up to 11.4 percent
  • Increase in liver enzymes, which may be a sign of liver damage -- up to 8.9 percent
  • Loss of appetite -- up to 8.9 percent
  • Rash -- up to 7.6 percent
  • Increase in an enzyme that may indicate damage to the pancreas -- up to 2.5 percent.
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any adverse reactions while using the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of bedaquiline, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 

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