What are the possible side effects of Nulojix?

Taking Nulojix (belatacept), a drug given to reduce the risk of organ rejection in people who receive a kidney transplant, increases the risk of:
  • some cancers, such as skin cancer
  • post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), a kind of cancer in which certain white blood cells grow out of control. At greatest risk for PTLD are those who have not been exposed to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) before the transplant; those having been treated with medication to lower T lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell; and those having been infected in the past with cytomegalovirus (CMV).
  • serious infections caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus or protozoa, such as tuberculosis or progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare, but serious brain infection.
Common side effects of Nulojix are:
  • blood problems, such as anemia (low red blood cell count), low white cell blood count, high blood pressure or too much or too little potassium in the blood
  • gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting
  • swelling in the hands, legs, feet or glands
  • bladder or kidney infection
  • headache
  • cough
  • fever
Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following possible side effects of Nulojix:
  • problems with the functioning of the new kidney, such as excreting more or less urine than normal, have blood in your urine, pain while urinating, or tenderness in the area over your transplanted kidney
  • mental health changes, including unusual behavior or moods, confusion or memory problems
  • changes in the way you walk or talk
  • weakness on one side of your body
  • vision changes
  • weight loss
  • fever, night sweats, or tiredness that doesn't go away
  • skin changes, such as unusually pale skin, a new bump or skin lesion, or changes in an existing mole
  • shortness of breath

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