Gemtuzumab is a cancer medication. Gemtuzumab interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Gemtuzumab is used to treat acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer. Gemtuzumab is usually given to people who are at least 60 years old and have a relapse of their disease and who cannot receive other cancer medications.

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    Black, tarry stools
    bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    blood in the stools or urine
    bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nailbeds
    blurred vision
    burning or stinging of the skin
    chest pain
    chills
    confusion
    convulsions (seizures)
    cough or hoarseness
    cracked lips
    decrease or increase in urine
    diarrhea
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    dry mouth
    excessive sweating
    fainting
    fast or slow heartbeat
    fever
    flushed, dry skin
    fruit-like breath odor
    headache, sudden and severe
    heavy, nonmenstrual vaginal bleeding
    inability to speak
    increased thirst or hunger
    irregular heartbeat
    large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
    lightheadedness
    lower back, joint, or side pain
    loss of appetite
    mood changes
    muscle pain or cramps
    muscle trembling or twitching
    nausea or vomiting
    numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
    pain, difficulty, or burning while urinating
    painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, or genitals
    pale skin
    palpitations
    persistent bleeding or oozing from puncture sites, mouth, or nose
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    pounding in the ears
    rapid, shallow breathing
    rapid weight gain
    red or purplish patches or spots on the skin
    severe or continuing dull nervousness
    shortness of breath
    slurred speech
    small red or purple spots on the skin
    sneezing
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips, tongue, or inside the mouth
    stomachache
    sweating
    swelling or inflammation of the mouth, face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
    swollen glands
    temporary blindness
    tightness in the chest
    tingling of the hands or feet
    troubled breathing, exertional
    unexplained nosebleeds
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight gain or loss
    weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
    wheezing
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with gemtuzumab may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

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    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    difficulty with moving
    dry, red, hot, or irritated skin
    full or bloated feeling or pressure in the stomach
    heartburn
    indigestion
    lack or loss of strength
    muscle pain or stiffness
    pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
    runny, stuffy nose
    stomach discomfort upset
    swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
    trouble with sleeping
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