These are not all of the possible side effects of ABRAXANE. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The most common side effects include:
It is very likely that you will lose your hair when you take ABRAXANE. This may involve the loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair, as well as the hair on your head. It can occur shortly after treatment has begun. Hair usually grows back after ABRAXANE treatment is completed.
Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet (neuropathy)
ABRAXANE may cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness, usually in your hands or feet.
ABRAXANE may cause your heart to beat a little faster or slower than it normally does.
Make sure you get plenty of rest throughout your treatment. Talk to your doctor or nurse about ways to keep your energy level from decreasing too much during treatment. Tiredness is likely to improve once your treatment is over.
Joint and muscle pain
You may get joint and muscle pain a few days after your ABRAXANE treatment. These symptoms may disappear in a few days. Although pain medicine may not be necessary, tell your doctor or nurse if you are uncomfortable.
Changes in liver function
ABRAXANE may affect your liver. If this occurs, your skin or the whites of your eyes may look yellow, or you may notice a darker color of your urine. If you already have liver problems before starting treatment, your doctor may reduce the amount of ABRAXANE that you receive.
ABRAXANE may cause rashes to appear on your skin. If the rash causes any discomfort, your doctor may prescribe a medication or give you other ideas to help with this.
Low red blood cell count (anemia)
Red blood cells carry oxygen to most parts of your body. Having too few red blood cells to carry the oxygen in your body is known as anemia. Anemia may make you feel tired, appear pale, and experience shortness of breath. Be sure to talk to a member of your healthcare team if you experience any of these symptoms.
Nausea and vomiting
If you experience any nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) during or after you have received ABRAXANE, tell your doctor or nurse. Your doctor may prescribe a medicine that can help reduce these side effects.
ABRAXANE can cause a drop in the number of white blood cells in your bloodstream, which may cause you to be more susceptible to infection and fever. If you have a fever (temperature of greater than 100.4°F) or other signs of infection, tell your doctor right away.
If you experience severe abdominal or stomach area pain and/or severe diarrhea, tell your doctor right away.
Loss of body fluid (dehydration)
ABRAXANE may cause a loss of body fluid, which is also called dehydration. Ask your doctor or nurse how much fluid you should drink each day in order to stay hydrated.
Swelling in the hands or feet
ABRAXANE may cause your hands or feet to swell. If you notice any swelling in your hands or feet while receiving treatment with ABRAXANE, you should contact your doctor.