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Sorafenib Side Effects

As with other chemotherapy drugs, sorafenib can cause side effects, some of which can be severe. For example, if you develop problems like difficulty talking, a severe headache, or vomiting blood, contact your healthcare provider right away. Some of the more common reactions to this medicine include fatigue, weight loss, and diarrhea.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Sorafenib

Just like any chemotherapy medicine, sorafenib (Nexavar®) can cause side effects, some of which can be significant. Although not everyone who takes the medication will have problems, most people will experience some type of adverse reaction during treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to manage any side effects that occur.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with sorafenib. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Sorafenib Side Effects

Some side effects of sorafenib are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • A rash of any kind
  • Redness, blistering, or peeling of the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, or any other area of the skin
  • Chest pain or pressure or shortness of breath
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Mood changes, such as depression or low mood
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty walking or talking; weakness or numbness on one side of the body; or a sudden, severe headache
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools
  • Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High fever, nausea and vomiting, and severe abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Wounds or sores that do not heal or appear infected
  • An irregular, rapid, or pounding heartbeat
  • Sores or ulcers in the mouth
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • 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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