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Side Effects of Velcade

Just like any chemotherapy medicine, Velcade can cause side effects, some of which can be quite significant. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or treat certain side effects of this medicine.
Common reactions to Velcade include but are not limited to:
  • Weakness or lack of energy
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Low platelet counts
  • Low white blood cell counts
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or pricking sensations of the arms or feet.
(Click Velcade Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Velcade may react with a number of other medicines (see Velcade Drug Interactions).

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving this medication if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations of the hands or feet (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Heart disease
  • Low blood pressure
  • A history of fainting
  • Dehydration or if you do not drink enough fluids throughout the day
  • Ever had a herpes infection
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Velcade Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not receive the drug.)
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