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Symptoms and Treatments




Most Common
Side Effects

(None proven in controlled trials; the following have been used)

Cyclophosphamide (Procytox®)

Suppress immune response Hair loss, decreased appetite, bladder inflammation, bone marrow damage, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, increased cancer risk, increased infection.

Azathioprine (Imuran®)

Suppress immune response Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, increased infection, pancreatitis, increased cancer risk, anemia.

Cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®)

Impair lymphocytes Tremor, hypertension, hirsutism, nausea, renal failure, headache, nausea, vomiting, infections.

Mycophenolate mofetil (Cellcept®)

Impair lymphocytes Pain, abdominal pain, back pain, tremor, headache, hypertension, chest pain, GI hemorrhage, nausea, vomiting, anemia, fever, infections, sepsis, swelling in the legs.


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