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Some of the most commonly reported side effects of belatacept include swelling, urinary tract infections, and diarrhea. Although reactions such as these are typically minor, there are some potentially serious complications that should be treated right away. Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you develop a fever, swollen glands, or any signs of an infection.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Belatacept

Just like any medicine, belatacept (NULOJIX®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with belatacept. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Belatacept Side Effects

Some side effects of belatacept are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of infection, such as:
    • Fever
    • Aches and pains
    • Coughing
    • Chills
  • Swollen glands in the neck, armpits, or groin
  • Any skin changes, such as:
    • Discoloration
    • Sores
    • Changes in the color or size of moles
  • Confusion or changes in your normal behavior
  • Problems thinking, speaking, or walking
  • Vision changes
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Mood changes, including anxiety or depression
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in your abdomen (stomach) area
  • Pain or tenderness over your transplanted kidney
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Frequent urination and increased thirst
  • Painful urination, blood in your urine, or urinating less often than usual or not at all
  • Unusual tiredness, lack of energy, or dizziness
  • Swelling in the arms, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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