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What are the side effects of penicillamine?

Side effects for penicillamine include: diarrhea, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain, ulcers or sores in the mouth and vomiting. While these side effects are generally not serious, tell your doctor if any of these side effects become more severe. Penicillamine can cause serious side effects that require medical attention, as they may be symptomatic of blood and lung problems. These side effects include: black stools, dark urine or blood in the urine; burning, itchy or red skin; skin lesions; cough or sore throat; vision problems; weight gain; and swelling of the feet or legs. Penicillamine can cause bone marrow suppression, which leads to anemia, a low platelet count and low white blood cell counts. Like all medications, penicillamine may cause an allergic reaction or unexpected side effects that are not described above. If you experience an unanticipated reaction while taking penicillamine, talk to your doctor.

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