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Venetoclax Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to venetoclax: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, venetoclax may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking venetoclax, check with your doctor immediately:

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
  • body aches or pain
  • chest pain
  • convulsions
  • decreased urine
  • dry mouth
  • increased thirst
  • irregular heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • tightness in the chest
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • troubled breathing
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusual weight gain or loss
Incidence not known:
  • Cough
  • ear congestion
  • fever or chills
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • lower back or side pain
  • nasal congestion
  • painful or difficult urination
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth

Minor Side Effects

Some venetoclax side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Back pain
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • nausea or vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to venetoclax: oral kit, oral tablet

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (35%), nausea (33%), vomiting (15%), constipation (14%)[Ref]

General

The most common adverse reactions (20% or greater) of any grade were neutropenia, diarrhea, nausea, anemia, upper respiratory tract infection, thrombocytopenia, and fatigue.[Ref]

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Neutropenia (45%), anemia (29%), thrombocytopenia (22%)
Common (1% to 10%): Febrile neutropenia
Frequency not reported: Autoimmune hemolytic anemia[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hyperkalemia (20%), hyperphosphatemia (15%), hypokalemia (12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Tumor lysis syndrome, hypocalcemia, hyperuricemia[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

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

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (15%)[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (21%), pyrexia (16%), peripheral edema (11%)[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract infection (22%), cough (13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pneumonia

References

1. "Product Information. Venclexta (venetoclax)." AbbVie US LLC, North Chicago, IL.

It is possible that some side effects of venetoclax may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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