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Side Effects

The following are some of the more common side effects associated with some immunosuppressants. It may be possible to control these effects by changing doses or medicines. Ask your doctor about choices in immunosuppressants. Also see additional post transplant health concerns.

Side effects can include:

  • Acne
  • Adverse reactions to prolonged sunlight
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Fat deposits around the waist and back of neck
  • Gout
  • Gum overgrowth
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Kidney damage
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Osteoporosis
  • Puffy ("moon-faced") appearance
  • Skin peeling on palms and feet
  • Swelling of feet, hands, abdomen or face
  • Tingling hands and feet
  • Tremors (shaking)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Weight gain



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