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Temsirolimus Side Effects

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of temsirolimus include weakness, a rash, and nausea. While reactions such as these are typically minor, there are some potentially serious complications that require immediate medical treatment. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop fever, blurred vision, problems walking, or other potentially serious reactions.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Temsirolimus

Just like any medicine, temsirolimus (Torisel®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with temsirolimus. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Temsirolimus Side Effects

Some side effects of temsirolimus are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • 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
  • Signs of infection, such as:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Aches and pains
    • Sore throat
    • Coughing
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
  • Breathing problems, including shortness of breath and chest pain
  • New or worsening abdominal (stomach) pain or bloody stools
  • Sores or wounds that do not heal, drain fluid, or appear red or infected
  • Signs of high blood sugar, such as:
    • Frequent urination
    • Increased thirst
    • Blurred vision
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Sores inside the mouth or throat (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy)
  • Painful urination, blood in your urine, or urinating less often than usual or not at all
  • Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Warmth, redness, pain, or tenderness of one or both legs
  • Confusion or problems thinking, walking, or talking
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
  • Fatigue, pale skin, dizziness, or shortness of breath, which could be signs of anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia).
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