Palifermin is a manmade form of a human protein that affects growth of cells within the tissues lining your mouth and digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, and intestines).

Palifermin is used to help prevent or heal mouth sores and ulcers in people being treated with chemotherapy and stem cell treatment.

Palifermin is used in people receiving chemotherapy to treat blood cancers (Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, leukemia). This medicine is not a treatment for the cancer itself.

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  • Kepivance
  • More common
    Fever
    Rare
    Skin rash (severe)
    Some palifermin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    blurred vision
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    change in taste
    difficulty with moving
    discoloration of the tongue
    dizziness
    flushing or redness of the skin
    headache
    increased sensitivity to pain
    increased sensitivity to touch
    itching skin
    muscle pain or stiffness
    nervousness
    pain
    pain in the joints
    pounding in the ears
    rash (mild)
    slow or fast heartbeat
    swelling
    thickening of the tongue
    tingling in the hands and feet
    unusually warm skin
    Incidence not known
    redness or swelling of the vagina
    redness, swelling, or pain of the skin
    scaling of the skin on the hands and feet
    ulceration of the skin
  • (intravenous powder for injection)