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Cabazitaxel Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to cabazitaxel: intravenous solution

Along with its needed effects, cabazitaxel 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 cabazitaxel:

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 side effects of cabazitaxel 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
  • 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


The most common adverse events were anemia, leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and diarrhea.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anemia (98%), leukopenia (96%), neutropenia (94%), thrombocytopenia (48%)
Common (1% to 10%): Febrile neutropenia[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (47%), nausea (34%), vomiting (22%), constipation (20%), abdominal pain (17%), dyspepsia (10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain upper, hemorrhoids, gastroesophageal reflux disease, rectal hemorrhage, dry mouth, abdominal distension
Frequency not reported: Death related to diarrhea and electrolyte imbalance, GI hemorrhage and perforation, ileus, enterocolitis, neutropenic enterocolitis, colitis
Postmarketing reports: Gastritis, intestinal obstruction[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (37%), dysgeusia (11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, peripheral neuropathy, headache, peripheral sensory neuropathy, paresthesia, lethargy, hypoesthesia, tinnitus, vertigo, sciatica
Frequency not reported: Peripheral motor neuropathy, fatal cerebral hemorrhage[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Asthenia (20%), pyrexia (12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Mucosal inflammation, pain, death due to causes other than disease progression, malaise[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Dyspnea (12%), cough (11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Oropharyngeal pain[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Peripheral edema, arrhythmia, hypotension, deep vein thrombosis, hypertension, tachycardia, grade 3 or higher arrhythmias, orthostatic hypotension, hot flush, flushing, atrial fibrillation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cardiac failure, cardiac arrest, fatal ventricular fibrillation[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Grade 3 to 4 increased AST, grade 3 to 4 increased ALT, increased bilirubin
Frequency not reported: Fatal renal failure[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anorexia (16%)
Common (1% to 10%): Weight decreased, dehydration, edema, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Hematuria (17%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dysuria, pollakiuria, urinary retention, urinary incontinence, ureteric obstruction, pelvic pain[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): AST increased, transaminases increased
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): ALT increased, bilirubin increased[Ref]


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


Very common (10% or more): Back pain (16%), arthralgia (10.5%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pain in extremity, muscle spasms, myalgia, musculoskeletal chest pain, flank pain, chills[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection, influenza, cystitis, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, cellulitis, herpes zoster, septic shock, sepsis, candidiasis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Neutropenic sepsis, neutropenic infections
Frequency not reported: Fatal infection[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Alopecia (10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dry skin, erythema[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis, increased lacrimation[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety, confusional state[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Jevtana (cabazitaxel)." sanofi-aventis , Bridgewater, NJ.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Some side effects of cabazitaxel may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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