Perjeta Side Effects
Generic name: pertuzumab
Note: This document contains side effect information about pertuzumab. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Perjeta.
Some side effects of Perjeta may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to pertuzumab: intravenous solution
Along with its needed effects, pertuzumab (the active ingredient contained in Perjeta) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pertuzumab:More common
- Black, tarry stools
- burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
- fast heartbeat
- joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- lower back or side pain
- painful or difficult urination
- pale skin
- redness of the skin
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing or swallowing
- ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
- unsteadiness or awkwardness
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Some side effects of pertuzumab may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Body aches or pain
- change in taste
- cracked lips
- decreased appetite
- dry skin
- ear congestion
- hair loss or thinning of the hair
- loosening of the fingernails
- loss of taste
- loss of voice
- nasal congestion
- redness or soreness around the fingernails
- runny nose
- watering of the eyes
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pertuzumab: intravenous solution
Cardiovascular side effects have included left ventricular dysfunction (4.4%) and congestive heart failure (1.0%).
Dermatologic side effects have included alopecia (60.9%), rash (33.7%), nail disorder (22.9%), pruritus (14%), dry skin (10.6%), and paronychia (7.1%).
Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (66.8%), nausea (42.3%), vomiting (24.1%), stomatitis (18.9%), and constipation (15.0%).
General side effects have included fatigue (37.6%), mucosal inflammation (27.8%), asthenia (26%), peripheral edema (23.1%), and pyrexia (18.1%).
Hematologic side effects have included neutropenia (52.8%), anemia (23.1%), leukopenia (18.2%), and febrile neutropenia (13.8%).
Hypersensitivity reactions have included hypersensitivity (10.1%).
Metabolic side effects have included decreased appetite (29.2%).
Musculoskeletal side effects have included myalgia (22.9%) and arthralgia (15.5%).
Nervous system side effects have included peripheral neuropathy (32.4%), headache (20.9%), dysgeusia (18.4%), and dizziness (12.5%).
Ocular side effects have included increased lacrimation (14.0%).
Psychiatric side effects have included insomnia (13.3%).
Respiratory side effects have included upper respiratory tract infection (16.7%), dyspnea (14.0%), nasopharyngitis (11.8%), and pleural effusion (5.2%).
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