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Bosutinib Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Bosutinib has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking bosutinib were carefully documented. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how often they appeared.
In these studies, the most common bosutinib side effects included:
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 82 percent of people
  • Nausea -- up to 46 percent
  • A decrease in platelets, which could increase the risk for bleeding -- up to 42 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 40 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 39 percent
  • Anemia -- up to 37 percent
  • Fever -- up to 36 percent
  • Rash -- up to 35 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 26 percent
  • Cough -- up to 21 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 11 percent to 20 percent of people, included:
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Headache
  • A decrease in white blood cells
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling due to fluid retention (edema)
  • Joint pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Symptoms of the common cold, such as a runny or stuffy nose
  • Itching
  • Loss of strength and energy.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the bosutinib side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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