NULOJIX Side Effects

Anemia, diarrhea, and swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet are some of the most commonly reported side effects of NULOJIX. While reactions such as these are typically minor, there are some potentially dangerous problems that require medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop vision changes, blood in your urine, or other potentially serious problems.

An Introduction to NULOJIX Side Effects

Just like any medicine, NULOJIX® (belatacept) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with NULOJIX. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects With NULOJIX

NULOJIX has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people given NULOJIX were documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people given a different anti-rejection medicine. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other medication.
In these studies, common NULOJIX side effects included but were not limited to:
  • Anemia (low red blood cells) -- in up to 45 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 39 percent
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI, or bladder infection) -- up to 37 percent
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet (edema) -- up to 34 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 33 percent
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) -- up to 32 percent
  • Fever -- up to 28 percent
  • Problems with the transplanted kidney -- up to 25 percent
  • Coughing -- up to 24 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 24 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 22 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 21 percent
  • Low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) -- up to 21 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 8 to 20 percent of people, included:
  • High blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia)
  • Low white blood cells
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • High blood cholesterol levels (blood lipids)
  • Low blood electrolyte levels (such as phosphate, calcium, and magnesium)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Joint pain
  • High blood glucose (sugar) levels
  • Blood in the urine
  • Protein in the urine (found using a urine test)
  • Painful urination
  • Insomnia
  • Infections, including upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold)
  • Back pain
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Acne.

NULOJIX Medication Information

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