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Serious Equetro Side Effects

Some side effects of Equetro, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Anemia or other blood disorders
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Increased infections or infections that do not go away
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Difficulty passing urine or a sudden, unexplained decrease in urine production (which can be a sign of kidney damage)
  • Water retention, swelling, or difficulty breathing, which can be signs of congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice), which may be a sign of liver damage, including liver failure or hepatitis
  • Low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia), which may cause symptoms that include:


    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Irritability
    • Excessive tiredness
    • Confusion
    • Hallucinations
    • Muscle weakness
    • Muscle spasms or cramps


  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling



Rarely, Equetro can cause very dangerous skin reactions known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). These problems start out as skin rashes but can progress to permanent disfigurement or even loss of life. Not every skin rash in people taking Equetro will be related to SJS or TEN. However, because of the seriousness of such problems, it is recommended that people stop taking Equetro immediately at the first sign of a rash, unless it is very clear that the rash is not related to Equetro. In most (but not all) cases, SJS and TEN reactions occur within the first month of starting Equetro.
Interestingly, SJS and TEN reactions to Equetro are much more common in people of Asian descent, who are more likely to have a specific gene (known as HLA-B*1502) that appears to increase the risk of such problems. If you are of Asian descent, your healthcare provider may choose to test for the gene before recommending Equetro for you.
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