Axitinib Side Effects

Not all side effects for axitinib 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 axitinib: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by axitinib. 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 axitinib:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • bleeding gums
  • bloody nose
  • blurred vision
  • cloudy urine
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • coughing up blood
  • decreased urination
  • depressed mood
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • dry skin and hair
  • fainting
  • feeling cold
  • hair loss
  • hoarseness or husky voice
  • incoherent speech
  • increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • increased urination
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic taste
  • muscle cramps and stiffness
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nosebleeds
  • paralysis
  • pounding in the ears
  • rapid breathing
  • red or black, tarry stools
  • red or dark brown urine
  • redness, swelling, or pain of the skin
  • scaling of the skin on the hands and feet
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • sunken eyes
  • thirst
  • tightness in the chest
  • tingling of the hands and feet
  • ulceration of the skin
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight gain or loss
  • wrinkled skin
Less common
  • Anxiety
  • bleeding from the gums or nose
  • bleeding from the rectum
  • bloody, black or tarry stools
  • change in vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • extreme drowsiness
  • eye pain
  • heartburn
  • inability to speak
  • indigestion
  • numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, or legs
  • pain in the chest, groin, or legs
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg
  • pale skin
  • ringing in the ears
  • seizures
  • sensitivity to heat
  • severe headaches of sudden onset
  • severe stomach pain, cramping, or burning
  • slurred speech
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden onset of slurred speech
  • sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • sudden vision changes
  • sweating
  • temporary blindness
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble speaking, thinking, or walking
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • uncomfortable swelling around the anus
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
  • weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body

Some of the side effects that can occur with axitinib 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
  • Belching
  • change in taste
  • cough
  • cracked lips
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with moving
  • itching skin
  • joint pain
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of taste
  • muscle aches or pain
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • rash
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips, tongue, or inside the mouth
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • swollen joints
  • upper stomach pain
  • voice changes
Less common
  • Burning sensation of the tongue
  • continuous ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • hearing loss
  • thinning of the hair
  • unusually warm skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to axitinib: oral tablet


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension (40%), deep vein thrombosis (1%), and retinal vein occlusion/thrombosis (1%).


Dermatologic side effects have included palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome (hand-foot syndrome) (27%), rash (13%), dry skin (10%), pruritus (7%), alopecia (4%), and erythema (2%).


Endocrine side effects have included hypothyroidism (19%).


Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (55%), decreased appetite (34%), nausea (32%), vomiting (24%), constipation (20%), stomatitis (15%), mucosal inflammation (15%), abdominal pain (14%), dysgeusia (11%) and dyspepsia (10%), upper abdominal pain (8%), hemorrhoids (4%), glossodynia (3%), and rectal hemorrhage (2%).


General side effects have included fatigue (39%), decreased appetite (34%), weight decreased (25%), asthenia (21%), and dehydration (6%)


Genitourinary side effects have included proteinuria (11%), and hematuria (3%).


Hematologic side effects have included epistaxis (6%), anemia (4%), and polycythemia (1%).


Laboratory abnormalities have included increased creatinine (55%), decreased bicarbonate (44%), hypocalcemia (39%), decreased hemoglobin (35%), decreased lymphocytes (33%), increased alkaline phosphatase (30%), hyperglycemia (28%), increased lipase (27%), increased amylase (25%), increased alanine transaminase (ALT) (22%), increased aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (20%), hypernatremia (17%), hypoalbuminemia (15%), hyperkalemia (15%), decreased platelets (15%), hyponatremia (13%), hypophosphatemia (13%), hypoglycemia (11%), decreased white blood cells (11%), and hypercalcemia (6%).


Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia (15%), pain in extremity (13%), and myalgia (7%).

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache (14%), dizziness (9%), tinnitus (3%), transient ischemic attack (1%), and reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) (less than 1%).


Ocular side effects have included retinal vein occlusion/thrombosis (1%).


Other side effects have included dysphonia (31%).


Respiratory side effects have included cough (15%), dyspnea (15%), and hemoptysis (2%).

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