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What are the side effects of cyclosporine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include flu-like symptoms, high blood pressure, headaches, abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and muscle or joint pain. Other side effects may include kidney and liver problems, abnormal hair growth, overgrowth of the gums, and high triglycerides. Cyclosporine can make you more prone to infections and skin cancers. People taking cyclosporine who receive a live vaccine may develop a serious or life-threatening infection. 

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Side effects of cyclosporine include: Tremors, headache, gum swelling, hair growth, fluid retention, high blood pressure, decreased kidney function, hot flashes, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, rash, increased risk of infection, joint discomfort, leg cramping, decreased magnesium levels, increased potassium levels, increased cholesterol levels.

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