Vismodegib Side Effects

It is possible that some side effects of vismodegib may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to vismodegib: oral capsule

As well as its needed effects, vismodegib may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

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

Less common
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • decreased urine output
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • increased thirst
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the lower back or side
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • thirst
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some vismodegib side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
  • change in taste
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • difficulty with moving
  • hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • loss of taste
  • muscle spasm or stiffness
  • pain in the joints
  • stopping of menstrual bleeding
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to vismodegib: oral capsule

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Alopecia (63.8%), pruritus
Common (1% to 10%): Rash, madarosis, abnormal hair growth

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Nausea (30.4%), diarrhea (29.0%), constipation (21.0%), vomiting (13.8%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dyspepsia, upper abdominal pain, abdominal pain

General

The most frequent adverse drug reactions reported were muscle spasms (74.6%), alopecia (65.2%), dysgeusia (57.2%), weight loss (48.6%), fatigue (44.9%), and nausea (34.8%).

Genitourinary

Very common (10% or more): Amenorrhea

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Weight loss (44.9%), decreased appetite (25.4%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dehydration, hyponatremia, azotemia, and hypokalemia

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Muscle spasms (71.7%), arthralgia (15.9%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pain in extremity, back pain, musculoskeletal chest pain, myalgia, flank pain, musculoskeletal pain

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dysgeusia (55.1%), ageusia (10.9%)
Common (1% to 10%): Hypogeusia

Hepatic

Common (1% to 10%): Hepatic enzymes increased

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (39.9%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pain, asthenia

Renal

Common (1% to 10%): Elevated blood urea nitrogen

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