Possible side effects
What are the possible side effects of NEXAVAR?
NEXAVAR may cause serious side effects, including:
decreased blood flow to the heart, heart attack and heart failure: Get emergency help right away if you get symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, swelling in lower legs, feet and abdomen, feel lightheaded or faint, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or sweat a lot.
increased risk of bleeding. Bleeding is a common side effect of NEXAVAR that can be serious and can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any signs of bleeding during treatment with NEXAVAR:
vomiting blood or if your vomit looks like coffee-grounds
pink or brown urine
red or black (looks like tar) stools
coughing up blood or blood clots
heavier than normal menstrual cycle
unusual vaginal bleeding
frequent nose bleeds
high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common side effect of NEXAVAR and can be serious. Your blood pressure should be checked every week during the first 6 weeks of starting NEXAVAR. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly and any high blood pressure should be treated during treatment with NEXAVAR.
skin problems. A condition called hand-foot skin reactions and skin rash are common with NEXAVAR treatment and can be severe. NEXAVAR may also cause severe skin and mouth reactions that can be life threatening. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
pain or swelling
blistering and peeling of your skin
blistering and peeling on the inside of your mouth
blisters on the palms of your hand or soles of your feet
an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal perforation). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get fever, nausea, vomiting or severe stomach (abdominal) pain.
risk of wound healing problems. Wounds may not heal properly during NEXAVAR treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if you plan to have any surgery before starting or during treatment with NEXAVAR.
You should stop taking NEXAVAR at least 10 days before planned surgery.
Your healthcare provider should tell you when you may start taking NEXAVAR again after surgery.
changes in the electrical activity of your heart called QT prolongation. QT prolongation can cause irregular heartbeats that can be life threatening. Your healthcare provider may do tests during your treatment with NEXAVAR to check the levels of potassium, magnesium, and calcium in your blood, and check the electrical activity of your heart with an electrocardiogram (ECG). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel faint, lightheaded, dizzy or feel your heart beating irregularly or fast during your treatment with NEXAVAR.
liver problems (drug-induced hepatitis). NEXAVAR may cause liver problems that may lead to liver failure and death. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your liver function regularly during your treatment with NEXAVAR. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:
yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
dark "tea-colored" urine
light-colored bowel movements (stools)
worsening nausea or vomiting
pain on the right side of your stomach area
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
loss of appetite
change in thyroid hormone levels. If you have differentiated thyroid cancer, you can have changes in your thyroid hormone levels during treatment with NEXAVAR. Your healthcare provider may need to change your dose of thyroid medicine during treatment with NEXAVAR. Your healthcare provider should check your thyroid hormone levels every month during treatment with NEXAVAR.
Here are the most common side effects people get when they take NEXAVAR:
NEXAVAR may cause fertility problems in males. This may affect your ability to father a child. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.
These are not all the side effects of NEXAVAR. Call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. Please talk to your doctor about how to help manage your side effects.
Remember: Your healthcare team is the best source of information regarding you and your health.