Afinitor Side Effects

Generic Name: everolimus

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of everolimus. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Afinitor.

Not all side effects for Afinitor may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to everolimus: oral tablet, oral tablet for suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by everolimus (the active ingredient contained in Afinitor). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking everolimus:

More common
  • Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • bloody nose
  • chest pain or tightness
  • cough or hoarseness
  • decreased weight
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • fever or chills
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • rapid weight gain
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips, tongue, or inside the mouth
  • tingling of the hands or feet
Less common
  • Bleeding gums
  • bloody urine
  • blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • coughing up blood
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • increased thirst or urination
  • irregular breathing
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • nosebleeds
  • prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • red or black, tarry stools
  • red or dark brown urine
  • slow heartbeat
  • stomachache
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Agitation
  • confusion
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • hostility or irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle twitching
  • seizures
  • stupor

Some of the side effects that can occur with everolimus may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • change in taste
  • dry skin
  • itching skin
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of taste
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • rash
  • unable to sleep
Less common
  • Back pain
  • blistering, peeling, redness, or swelling of the palms, hands, or bottoms of the feet
  • bumps on the skin
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • discoloration of the fingernails or toenails
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • full feeling
  • jaw pain
  • numbness, pain, tingling, or unusual sensations in the palms of the hands or bottoms of the feet
  • passing gas
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to everolimus: oral tablet, oral tablet dispersible

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects manifested by symptoms including, but not limited to, anaphylaxis, dyspnea, flushing, chest pain, or angioedema (e.g., swelling of the airways or tongue, with or without respiratory impairment) have been observed with everolimus (the active ingredient contained in Afinitor) and other rapamycin derivatives.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects including decreased hemoglobin (up to 92%), decreased lymphocytes (up to 51%), decreased platelets (up to 45%), decreased white blood cells (up to 43%), decreased neutrophils (up to 30%), and hemorrhage (up to 3%) have been reported.

Metabolic

Metabolic side effects including increased cholesterol (up to 85%), increased triglycerides (up to 73%), increased glucose (up to 75%), increased creatinine (up to 50%), decreased phosphate (up to 37%), decreased appetite (up to 30%), anorexia (up to 25%), diabetes mellitus (up to 10%), and exacerbation of preexisting diabetes mellitus (up to 2%) have been reported.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects including stomatitis (up to 86%), diarrhea (up to 50%), abdominal pain (up to 36%), nausea (up to 32%), vomiting (up to 29%), gastroenteritis (up to 18%), constipation (up to 14%), gastric infection (up to 14%), dry mouth (up to 11%), hemorrhoids (up to 5%), and dysphagia (up to 4%) have been reported.

Other

Other side effects including otitis media (up to 36%), body tinea (up to 18%), and otitis externa (up to 14%) have been reported.

General

General side effects including fatigue (up to 45%), edema (up to 39%), asthenia (up to 33%), pyrexia (up to 32%), mucosal inflammation (up to 19%), decreased weight (up to 28%), and chest pain (up to 5%) have been reported.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects including upper respiratory tract infection (up to 82%), sinusitis (up to 39%), cough (up to 30%), dyspnea (up to 24%), epistaxis (up to 18%), pneumonitis (up to 17%), nasal congestion (up to 14%, allergic rhinitis (up to 14%), oropharyngeal pain (up to 11%), pharyngitis (up to 11%), pleural effusion (up to 7%), pharyngeal inflammation (up to 7%), pharyngolaryngeal pain (up to 4%), and rhinorrhea (up to 3%) have been reported. Postmarketing reports of pulmonary embolism have been received.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects including rash (up to 59%), acneiform dermatitis (up to 25%), nail disorder (up to 22%), pruritus (up to 21%), cellulitis (up to 21%), dry skin (up to 18%), skin infection (up to 18%), contact dermatitis (up to 14%), acne (up to 22%), eczema (up to 10%), hand-foot syndrome (up to 5%), erythema (up to 4%), onychoclasis (up to 4%), pityriasis rosea (4%), and skin lesion (up to 4%) have been reported.

Hepatic

Hepatic side effects including increased aspartate transaminase (AST) (up to 25%), increased alanine transaminase (ALT) (up to 21%), and increased bilirubin (up to 3%) have been reported.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects including headache/migraine (up to 30%), convulsions (up to 29%), dysgeusia (up to 19%), dizziness (up to 14%), and paresthesia (up to 5%) have been reported.

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects including arthralgia (up to 15%), back pain (up to 15%), pain in extremity (up to 14%) and muscle spasms (up to 10%) have been reported.

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects including hypertension (up to 13%), tachycardia (up to 3%), and congestive heart failure (up to 1%) have been reported.

Ocular

Ocular side effects including ocular hyperemia (up to 4%), eyelid edema (up to 4%) and conjunctivitis (up to 2%) have been reported.

Renal

Renal side effects including renal failure (up to 3%) have been reported.

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects including personality change (up to 18%), insomnia (up to 14%), anxiety (up to 7%), and depression (up to 5%) have been reported.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects including proteinuria (up to 7%) have been reported. Postmarketing reports of male infertility have been received.

Endocrine

Endocrine side effects have included postmarketing reports of pancreatitis.

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