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Gefitinib Side Effects

Clinical studies have shown that a majority of the people who take gefitinib will develop some type of side effect. Some of the more commonly reported ones include acne, diarrhea, and a rash. There are also some side effects of this chemotherapy drug that can lead to potentially dangerous problems, such as blistering skin, eye irritation, or severe diarrhea.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Gefitinib

As with any chemotherapy medicine, gefitinib (Iressa®) can cause side effects. In fact, most people will experience some type of reaction to this drug, and some problems can be quite significant. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this medicine.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with gefitinib. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Gefitinib Side Effects

Some gefitinib side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately. These potential reactions include but are not limited to:
  • Shortness of breath and cough, with or without a fever
  • Eye irritation, including eye redness, pain, discharge, or ingrown eyelashes
  • Unusual bleeding, including blood in the urine or nosebleeds
  • Blistering or peeling skin
  • Severe or persistent diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Severe or persistent loss of appetite
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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