Side Effects

What side effects may I notice from receiving Bexarotene?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-blurred vision or changes in vision
-low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
-nausea, vomiting
-signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism like cold skin, constipation, dry skin, feeling weak or tired, loss of memory
-signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
-signs and symptoms of liver injury like dark yellow or brown urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; loss of appetite; nausea; right upper belly pain; unusually weak or tired; yellowing of the eyes or skin
-severe back or stomach pain
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

-loss of appetite
-swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
-trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects for Bexarotene. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Source: FDA