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Temsirolimus Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Temsirolimus has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving temsirolimus were carefully documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people who were given a different medication. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other medication.
In these studies, common temsirolimus side effects included:
  • Weakness or lack of energy -- in up to 51 percent of people
  • A rash -- up to 47 percent
  • Mouth sores or ulcers -- up to 41 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 37 percent
  • Swelling (edema) -- up to 35 percent
  • Loss of appetite -- up to 32 percent
  • Shortness of breath -- up to 28 percent
  • Pain -- up to 28 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 27 percent
  • Coughing -- up to 26 percent
  • Fever -- up to 24 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 21 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 4 to 20 percent of people, included:

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the temsirolimus 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 receiving temsirolimus 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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