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Serious Side Effects

Some Adcetris side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction or an infusion reaction (a reaction that happens while receiving or soon after receiving your dose), such as:
 
    • Rash
    • Hives
    • Chills
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • Nausea
    • Itching
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Swelling of the mouth, tongue, face, lips, or throat
 
  • Signs of infection, such as:
 
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Aches and pains
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Painful urination
 
  • Signs of anemia, such as:
 
    • Unusual tiredness
    • Weakness
    • Pale skin
    • Shortness of breath
 
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the hands or feet
  • Difficulty moving the hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness or loss of strength
  • Sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Difficulty thinking, speaking, or walking.
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while receiving Adcetris or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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