ERBITUX Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • anemia
  • high blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • a skin rash
  • 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

  • depression
  • pink eye
  • throat irritation
  • dry mouth
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • itching
  • a nail disorder
  • hair loss
  • backache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • pain
  • decreased appetite
  • weight loss
  • headache
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • generalized weakness
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • low amount of calcium in the blood
  • dehydration
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • a clot in the lung
  • a groove in the skin
  • difficulty swallowing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • inflammation of the eyelid
  • inflammation of the lips
  • dry skin
  • chills

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
  • meningitis not due to an infection
  • inflammation of the cornea of the eye
  • a heart attack
  • complete stoppage of the heart
  • low blood pressure
  • bronchospasm
  • skin inflammation resulting from exposure to sunlight
  • inflammation of the skin with blisters
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • hives
  • unconsciousness
  • a condition where the body is unable to maintain adequate blood flow called shock
  • an abnormal breathing sound called stridor
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • lung tissue problem
  • cellulitis
  • radiation recall syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • hoarseness
  • reactions at the site of the injection

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