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Belatacept Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Belatacept has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people given belatacept were documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people given a different anti-rejection medicine. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other medication.
In these studies, common belatacept side effects included but were not limited to:
  • Anemia (low red blood cells) -- in up to 45 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 39 percent
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI, or bladder infection) -- up to 37 percent
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet (edema) -- up to 34 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 33 percent
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) -- up to 32 percent
  • Fever -- up to 28 percent
  • Problems with the transplanted kidney -- up to 25 percent
  • Coughing -- up to 24 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 24 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 22 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 21 percent
  • Low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) -- up to 21 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 8 to 20 percent of people, included:
  • High blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia)
  • Low white blood cells
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • High blood cholesterol levels (blood lipids)
  • Low blood electrolyte levels (such as phosphate, calcium, and magnesium)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Joint pain
  • High blood glucose (sugar) levels
  • Blood in the urine
  • Protein in the urine (found using a urine test)
  • Painful urination
  • Insomnia
  • Infections, including upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold)
  • Back pain
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Acne.

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