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Sorafenib Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 16, 2024.

Applies to sorafenib: oral tablet.

Serious side effects of Sorafenib

Along with its needed effects, sorafenib 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 sorafenib:

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Incidence not known

Other side effects of Sorafenib

Some side effects of sorafenib 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 sorafenib: oral tablet.


Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (39%), nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, mouth pain

Common (1% to 10%): Stomatitis, dry mouth, glossodynia, dyspepsia, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, mucosal inflammation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pancreatitis, gastritis, GI perforations[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Pruritus (20%), dry skin (13%), erythema (10%), rash, alopecia, hand foot skin reaction

Common (1% to 10%): Keratoacanthoma/squamous cell cancer of the skin, dermatitis exfoliative, acne, skin desquamation, hyperkeratosis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eczema, erythema multiforme

Rare (less than 0.1%): Radiation recall dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), leucocytoclastic vasculitis, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Hypothyroidism

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyperthyroidism[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Hypertension (41%)

Common (1% to 10%): Congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction

Rare (less than 0.1%): QT prolongation[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Lymphopenia, GI hemorrhage, respiratory tract hemorrhage, cerebral hemorrhage, hypertension

Common (1% to 10%): Leukopenia, neutropenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, flushing

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypertensive crisis, INR abnormal, prothrombin level abnormal[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Cough (15%), dysphonia (13%), dyspnea (12%)

Common (1% to 10%): Rhinorrhea, dysphonia, hoarseness, epistaxis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Interstitial lung disease-like events (e.g., pneumonitis, radiation pneumonitis, acute respiratory distress)[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache

Common (1% to 10%): Peripheral sensory neuropathy, dysgeusia, paresthesia, dizziness

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy (sometimes fatal)

Frequency not reported: Encephalopathy (sometimes fatal)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Pain in extremity (15%), joint pain (10%), arthralgia, bone pain

Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia, muscle spasm

Rare (less than 0.1%): Rhabdomyolysis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Folliculitis, influenza-like illness[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., skin reactions, urticaria), anaphylactic reaction

Rare (less than 0.1%): Angioedema[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anorexia (11%), hypophosphatemia, weight loss, increased amylase, increased lipase

Common (1% to 10%): Hypocalcemia, hypokalemia, hyponatremia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dehydration, transient increase in blood alkaline phosphatase[Ref]


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


Common (1% to 10%): Erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infection

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gynecomastia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Transient increase in transaminases

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bilirubin increased, jaundice, cholecystitis, cholangitis

Rare (less than 0.1%): Drug induced hepatitis (sometimes fatal), nephrotic syndrome[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (17%), pain


Common (1% to 10%): Tinnitus, asthenia[Ref]

Frequently asked questions


1. Product Information. Nexavar (sorafenib). Bayer Pharmaceutical Inc. 2005.

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.