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What are the side effects of atazanavir sulfate?

There are many possible side effects of atazanavir. The most common is nausea, which occurs in as many as 14 percent of people taking the drug. Other common side effects include: headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, difficulty with sleeping, muscle pain, joint pain, numbness or tingling around the mouth, fever, rash and dizziness. More serious, and fortunately less common, potential side effects include: changes in heart rhythm, weakness, mental depression, redistribution of body fat from the legs and arms to the trunk, high blood sugar, new infections, any type of allergic reaction, severe skin disorders, kidney stones and liver damage. Kidney stones can cause pain in your side, back or abdomen, pain during urination and blood in the urine. Symptoms and signs of liver damage may include yellow skin or eyes, fatigue, general feeling of being unwell, nausea, tenderness or discomfort in the upper abdomen and pale stools. Atazanavir can also cause increased bleeding in people with hemophilia. Call 911 for immediate medical assistance if you have signs of a severe allergic reaction, including chest tightness, trouble breathing, itchiness, hives or swollen tongue, lips, mouth or face.

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