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Alectinib Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Jul 11, 2024.

Applies to alectinib: oral capsule.

Serious side effects of Alectinib

Along with its needed effects, alectinib 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking alectinib:

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Rare

Incidence not known

Other side effects of Alectinib

Some side effects of alectinib 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:

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For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to alectinib: oral capsule.

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Anemia (62%), lymphopenia (14%), neutropenia (14%)

Postmarketing reports: Hemolytic anemia[Ref]

Hepatic

Very common (10% or more): Increased AST (51%), increased alkaline phosphatase (47%), hyperbilirubinemia (39%), increased ALT (34%)[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Increased CPK (43%), myalgia/musculoskeletal pain (29%), back pain (12%), back pain (12%)[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue/asthenia (26%), edema (e.g., peripheral edema, edema, eyelid edema, localized edema, face edema) (22%)[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hyperglycemia (36%), hypocalcemia (32%), hypokalemia (29%), hypophosphatemia (21%), hyponatremia (20%), increased weight (11%)[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Constipation (34%), nausea (18%), diarrhea (16%), vomiting (12%)[Ref]

Renal

Very common (10% or more): Increased creatinine (e.g., increased blood creatinine, creatinine renal clearance decreased, glomerular filtration rate decreased, acute kidney injury) (28%)[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Rash (e.g., acneiform dermatitis, erythema, and different types of rash [macular, papular, maculopapular, generalized, and pruritic]) (15%)

Common (1% to 10%): Photosensitivity[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (17%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dysgeusia/hypogeusia[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Cough (19%), dyspnea (16%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Interstitial lung disease[Ref]

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Vision disorder (e.g., blurred vision, vitreous floaters, visual impairment, reduced visual acuity, asthenopia, diplopia) (10%)[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Very common (10% or more): Bradycardia (11%)[Ref]

Frequently asked questions

References

1. (2015) "Product Information. Alecensa (alectinib)." Genentech

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.