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What are the possible side effects of Keytruda?

The most common adverse effects of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) are fatigue, cough, nausea, itching, rash, reduced appetite, joint pain and constipation or diarrhea. Also, since Keytruda works by helping the immune system attack melanoma cells, there is a risk that it could cause the immune system to attack normal organs and tissues, as well. Many different parts of the body may be affected, including the lungs, colon, liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, skin and eyes.These complications are uncommon, but they can be serious and even life-threatening. Symptoms will depend on the organs involved, but can include shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea or bloody stools, severe abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin, dark urine, bleeding or bruising easily, weight loss or weight gain, rapid heart rate, hair loss, feeling cold, skin rashes, changes in amount or color of urine, severe muscle weakness and vision problems. Contact your doctor right away if you develop any of these problems, or if you have any symptoms that are bothersome or don't go away.

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