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Olaparib Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of olaparib include: upper respiratory tract infection, anemia, decreased hemoglobin, increased mcv, increased serum creatinine, nasopharyngitis, nausea, pharyngitis, vomiting, cough, and dyspnea. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to olaparib: oral capsule, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, olaparib 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 olaparib:

More common

  • Chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • ear congestion or pain
  • fever
  • head congestion
  • hoarseness or other voice changes
  • nasal congestion
  • pale skin
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

  • Lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen glands

Some side effects of olaparib 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

  • Back pain
  • belching
  • blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • blurred vision
  • burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
  • cracked, dry, or scaly skin
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with moving
  • dry mouth
  • fear or nervousness
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • indigestion
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of bladder control
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • nausea
  • pain in the joints
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • sweating
  • swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • trouble sleeping
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to olaparib: oral capsule, oral tablet

Oncologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myelodysplastic syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia[Ref]

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Decreased hemoglobin (up to 90%), elevated mean corpuscular volume (up to 85%), decreased lymphocytes (up to 56%), anemia (up to 34%), decreased absolute neutrophil count (up to 32%), decreased platelets (up to 30%)
Common (1% to 10%): Leukopenia[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Nasopharyngitis/pharyngitis/upper respiratory infection (up to 43%), cough (up to 21%), dyspnea
Common (1% to 10%): Pulmonary embolism
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pneumonitis[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Nausea (up to 75%), abdominal pain/discomfort (up to 47%), vomiting (up to 43%), diarrhea (up to 31%), dyspepsia (up to 25%), constipation
Common (1% to 10%): Stomatitis[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue/asthenia/lethargy (up to 68%), peripheral edema
Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia[Ref]

Renal

Very common (10% or more): Increased creatinine (up to 30%)[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Arthralgia/musculoskeletal pain (up to 32%), myalgia (up to 25%), back pain (up to 25%)[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension, hot flush, venous thrombosis[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Dermatitis/rash (up to 25%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dry skin, eczema, pruritus[Ref]

Genitourinary

Very common (10% or more): Urinary tract infection
Common (1% to 10%): Dysuria, urinary incontinence, vulvovaginal disorder[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Decreased appetite (up to 25%)
Common (1% to 10%): Hypomagnesemia, hyperglycemia[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 25%), dysgeusia (up to 21%), dizziness
Common (1% to 10%): Peripheral neuropathy[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety, depression, insomnia[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Lynparza (olaparib)." Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, DE.

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.

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