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Side Effects of Tocilizumab

In clinical studies of tocilizumab, side effects that were reported the most often included upper respiratory tract infections, common cold symptoms, and headaches. Although most people do not experience any problems with this medication, serious reactions can occur. Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, fever, unexplained swelling, or any other potentially dangerous symptoms.

An Introduction to Tocilizumab Side Effects

As with any medicine, tocilizumab (Actemra®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, many people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common, but do sometimes occur.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with tocilizumab. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Side Effects of Tocilizumab to Report

There are a number of possible side effects with tocilizumab that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • High cholesterol
  • Signs of low blood platelets, such as easy bruising or bleeding
  • Signs of a tear (perforation) of the stomach or intestines, such as:
     
    • A sudden change in bowel habits
    • Fever
    • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
 
  • Symptoms of an infection, such as a cough, chills, fever, or weakness
  • Cancer symptoms of any type
  • High liver enzymes (found using a blood test)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or unexplained swelling.
     
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