Review of adverse reactions to levamisole in rheumatoid arthritis

A. F. El-Ghobarey, Z. Balogh, S. Papazoglov, W. C. Dick

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A review of side effects in 78 patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with long-term oral levamisole therapy (65 patients on 150 mg daily and 13 patients on 150 mg weekly) are reported. Seven patients developed leucopenia, three thrombocytopenia, and one patient developed leucopenia and thrombocytopenia, but all recovered quickly on discontinuing levamisole. One patient had a life-threatening attack of varicella, and another developed a brachial artery occlusion. There was a high incidence of minor side effects, especially nausea and vomiting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalRhumatologie - Revue International de Rhumatologie
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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