Cabazitaxel Side Effects

Not all side effects for cabazitaxel 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 cabazitaxel: intravenous solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by cabazitaxel. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking cabazitaxel, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common
  • Black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficult or painful urination
  • fever
  • lower back or side pain
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen glands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusual weight gain or loss
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • decreased urination
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • lightheadedness
  • rapid breathing
  • sunken eyes
  • sweating
  • thirst
  • wrinkled skin

Some of the side effects that can occur with cabazitaxel 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
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • change in taste
  • constipation
  • cracked lips
  • decreased weight
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • thinning of the hair
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
Less common
  • Back pain
  • difficulty with moving
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • muscle spasms
  • pain in the joints
  • pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cabazitaxel: intravenous solution


In general, the most common grade 3 to 4 adverse effects were neutropenia, leucopenia, anemia, diarrhea, fatigue, and asthenia. The most common adverse effects leading to treatment discontinuation were neutropenia and renal failure.


Hematologic side effects have included anemia (98%), leucopenia (96%), neutropenia (94%), thrombocytopenia (48%), and febrile neutropenia (7%).


Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (47%), nausea (34%), vomiting (22%), constipation (20%), abdominal pain (17%), anorexia (16%), dysgeusia (11%), and dyspepsia (10%).


Cardiovascular side effects have included peripheral edema (9%), arrhythmias (5%), and hypotension (5%).


Dermatologic side effects have included alopecia (10%).


Genitourinary side effects have included hematuria (17%), urinary tract infection (8%), and dysuria (7%).


Hepatic side effects have included increased transaminases and increased bilirubin.


Hypersensitivity reactions have included rash, erythema, hypotension, and bronchospasm.


Metabolic side effects have included weight loss (9%) and dehydration (5%).


Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain (16%), arthralgia (11%), and muscle spasms (7%).

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included peripheral neuropathy (13%), dizziness (8%), and headache (8%).


Other side effects have included fatigue (37%), asthenia (20%), pyrexia (12%), mucosal inflammation (6%), and pain (5%).


Renal side effects have included renal failure.


Respiratory side effects have included dyspnea (12%) and cough (11%).

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