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Lapatinib Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to lapatinib: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by lapatinib. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking lapatinib:

Less common:
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • severe diarrhea
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Rare
  • Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
  • clay colored stools
  • dark urine
  • decreased appetite
  • fever
  • headache
  • itching or skin rash
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known:
  • Blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hives
  • joint or muscle pain
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • thickening of bronchial secretions

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with lapatinib may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common:
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • back pain
  • belching
  • cracked lips
  • diarrhea (mild)
  • dry skin
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • redness, swelling, or painful skin
  • scaling of the skin on the hands and feet
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips, tongue, or the inside of the mouth
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • tingling of the hands and feet
  • trouble sleeping
Incidence not known:
  • Loosening of the fingernails
  • redness or soreness around the fingernails

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lapatinib: oral tablet

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (77%), nausea (44%), vomiting (26%), stomatitis (14%), dyspepsia (11%), constipation, abdominal pain[Ref]

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Neutropenia (77%), hemoglobin lab abnormality (56%), leukopenia (53%), anemia (23%), neutrophils lab abnormality (22%), platelets lab abnormality (18%), decreased hemoglobin (10%)[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Rash (including dermatitis acneiform, 59%), Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (53%), alopecia (13%), dry skin (13%), pruritus (12%), nail disorders (including paronychia, 11%)
Frequency not reported: Serious cutaneous reactions[Ref]

Hepatic

Very common (10% or more): AST lab abnormality (53%), ALT lab abnormality (46%), total bilirubin lab abnormality (45%), increased ALT (11%), hyperbilirubinemia
Common (1% to 10%): Hepatotoxicity[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Decreased appetite (32%), anorexia (11%)[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (22%), mucosal inflammation (15%), asthenia[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Myalgia (14%), pain in extremity (12%), back pain (11%), arthralgia[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Dyspnea (12%), cough (10%), epistaxis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Interstitial lung disease/pneumonitis[Ref]

Psychiatric

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

Cardiovascular

Very common (10% or more): Hot flush
Common (1% to 10%): Decreased left ventricular ejection fraction[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Peripheral neuropathy
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis)[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Tykerb (lapatinib)." Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.

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

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

Not all side effects for lapatinib may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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