Aldesleukin is a cancer medication that interferes with tumor growth.

Aldesleukin is used to treat kidney cancer or skin cancer than has spread to other parts of the body.

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  • Proleukin
  • More common
    Agitation
    confusion
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    drowsiness
    fever or chills
    mental depression
    nausea and vomiting
    shortness of breath
    sores in the mouth and on lips
    tingling of the hands or feet
    unusual decrease in urination
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds or more
    Less common
    Bloating and stomach pain
    blurred or double vision
    faintness
    fast or irregular heartbeat
    loss of taste
    rapid breathing
    redness, swelling, and soreness of the tongue
    trouble with speaking
    yellow eyes and skin
    Rare
    Changes in menstrual periods
    clumsiness
    coldness
    convulsions (seizures)
    listlessness
    muscle aches
    pain or redness at injection site
    sudden inability to move
    swelling in the front of the neck
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    weakness
    Less common
    Black, tarry stools
    blisters on the skin
    blood in the urine
    bloody vomit
    chest pain
    cough or hoarseness
    lower back or side pain
    painful or difficult urination
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    stomach pain (severe)
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Some aldesleukin 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
    Dry skin
    loss of appetite
    skin rash or redness with burning or itching, followed by peeling
    unusual feeling of discomfort or illness
    Less common
    Constipation
    headache
    joint pain
    muscle pain
  • (aldesleukin) injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution