Like all medicines, Foclivia can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (in more than 1 out of 100 people, but less than 1 in 10).
Common side effects include: redness, swelling, pain at the site of injection, bruising, hardening of the skin injection site. In some cases the effects may also include raised temperature, malaise (generally feeling unwell), shivering, tiredness, headache, sweating, pain in muscles and joints. These reactions usually disappear within 1-2 days without treatment. If they persist, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
Uncommon: (in more than 1 out of 1,000 people, but less than 1 in 100).
Uncommon side effects may include: generalised skin reactions including itching, bumps on the skin or a non-specific rash.
Rare (in more than 1 out of 10,000 people, but less than 1 in 1,000). Rare side effects include: numbness or tingling sensations, involuntary muscle contractions or transient thrombocytopenia (a low platelet count in the blood which can result in bleeding or bruising).
Allergic reactions may occur following vaccination, in rare cases leading to shock. Doctors are aware of this possibility and have emergency treatment available for use in such cases.
Very rare (in less than 1 in 10,000). Very rare side effects include: vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels which can cause skin rashes, joint pain and kidney problems) and exudative Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiforme). Neurological disorders such as encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the central nervous system), neuritis (inflammation of nerves) and a type of paralysis known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.