GEMCITABINE HCL Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • trouble breathing
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a high alanine transaminase level
  • a high aspartate transaminase level
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • constipation
  • hair loss
  • fever
  • low energy
  • flu-like symptoms
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • high blood sugar
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection affecting the entire body
  • low amount of calcium in the blood
  • a disorder of the peripheral nerves that enable movement called peripheral motor neuropathy
  • bleeding
  • bronchospasm
  • high amount of bilirubin in the blood
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • a stuffy and runny nose
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • joint pain
  • drowsiness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • excessive sweating
  • decreased appetite
  • reactions at the site of the injection
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • generalized weakness
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a systemic inflammatory response called sepsis due to an infection with bacteria
  • hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that affects the kidney and the blood
  • high blood pressure
  • a heart attack
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • supraventricular arrhythmias, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • heart failure
  • a stroke
  • inflammation of the blood vessels
  • capillary leak syndrome, a condition where fluid leaks out of small blood vessels
  • hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a type of liver disease
  • thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a type of blood disorder
  • fluid in the lungs
  • a type of inflammation of the lung called interstitial pneumonitis
  • a condition where there is formation of fibrous tissue in the lung called pulmonary fibrosis
  • pneumonia with high amount of eosinophil white blood cells
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome, a type of lung disorder
  • liver failure
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • kidney failure
  • decreased kidney function
  • inflammation of the skin with blisters
  • abnormal peeling of skin
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug
  • gangrene
  • a type of brain disorder called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
  • cellulitis
  • radiation recall syndrome
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • noninfectious cellulitis
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