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Elotuzumab Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 20, 2020.

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: fever. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to elotuzumab: intravenous powder for solution

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, elotuzumab 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 elotuzumab:

More common

  • Blurred vision
  • body aches or pain
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • confusion
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives, itching, skin rash
  • hoarseness
  • irritation
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of voice
  • lower back or side pain
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • painful or difficult urination
  • persistent sore that does not heal
  • pink skin growth
  • pounding in the ears
  • reddish patch or irritated area
  • redness of the skin
  • runny nose
  • shiny skin bump
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain or tenderness
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing or swallowing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • white, yellow or waxy scar-like area on the skin
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less common

  • Agitation
  • anxiety
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • fainting
  • fast heartbeat
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle twitching
  • pale skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • seizures
  • severe sleepiness
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of elotuzumab 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

  • Blindness
  • burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
  • decreased appetite
  • decreased vision
  • decreased weight
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement
  • muscle aches
  • night sweats
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to elotuzumab: intravenous powder for injection

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Night sweats[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (47%), constipation (36%), vomiting (15%), oropharyngeal pain (10%)[Ref]

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Lymphopenia (13%)

Frequency not reported: Leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, deep vein thrombosis[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Hypoalbuminemia, elevated alkaline phosphatase[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Common (1% to 10%): Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anaphylactic reaction[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Decreased appetite (21%), weight loss (14%)

Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, hypocalcemia, low bicarbonate, hyperkalemia[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Pain in extremities (16%)

Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Peripheral neuropathy (27%), headache (15%)

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

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Cataracts (12%)[Ref]

Oncologic

Common (1% to 10%): Invasive second primary malignancies (SPM)[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (62%), pyrexia (37%)[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Altered mood[Ref]

Renal

Common (1% to 10%): Acute renal failure[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Cough (34%), nasopharyngitis (25%), upper respiratory tract infection (23%), pneumonia (20%)

Common (1% to 10%): Respiratory tract infection, pulmonary embolism[Ref]

Immunologic

Very common (10% or more): Herpes zoster[Ref]

Local

Common (1% to 10%): Infusion related reaction[Ref]

References

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

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

3. "Product Information. Empliciti (elotuzumab)." Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.

Frequently asked questions

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.