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Zykadia Side Effects

Generic Name: ceritinib

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug ceritinib. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Zykadia.

In Summary

Common side effects of Zykadia include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, hyperglycemia, increased serum alanine aminotransferase, nausea, and vomiting. Other side effects include: interstitial pulmonary disease, pneumonitis, and prolonged qt interval on ecg. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to ceritinib: oral capsule

As well as its needed effects, ceritinib (the active ingredient contained in Zykadia) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

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

More common:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
  • blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • clay colored stools
  • dark urine
  • decreased appetite
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • skin rash or itching
  • sweating
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • troubled breathing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • yellow eyes or skin
Less common:
  • Chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • fainting
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • irregular heartbeat, recurrent
  • thickening of bronchial secretions

Minor Side Effects

Some ceritinib 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:
  • Blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • heartburn
  • pain or discomfort in the chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • seeing flashes or sparks of light

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ceritinib: oral capsule

General

The most common side effect resulting in dose reductions or interruptions were increased ALT (29%), nausea (20%), increased AST (16%), diarrhea (16%), and vomiting (16%).

The most common side effects leading to discontinuation were pneumonia, interstitial lung disease/pneumonitis, and decreased appetite.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (86%), nausea (80%), vomiting (60%), abdominal pain (54%), constipation (29%), esophageal disorder (16%)
Rare (less than 0.1%): Gastrointestinal hemorrhage[Ref]

Hematologic

Very Common (10% or more): Hemoglobin decreased (84%), phosphate decreased (36%)[Ref]

Hepatic

Very Common (10% or more): ALT increased (80%), AST increased (75%), bilirubin increased (15%)[Ref]

Renal

Very Common (10% or more): Creatinine increased (58%), phosphate decreased (36%)[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Decreased appetite (34%), glucose increased (49%), lipase increased (28%)[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Rash (16%)[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Interstitial lung disease/pneumonitis
Rare (0.01% than 0.1%): Respiratory failure, pneumothorax, pulmonary tuberculosis[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Neuropathy (17%)[Ref]

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Vision disorder[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Prolonged QT, bradycardia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Cardiac tamponade[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (52%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): General physical health deterioration
Rare (less than 0.1%): Sepsis[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Zykadia (ceritinib)." Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.

It is possible that some side effects of Zykadia 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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