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Eloxatin Side Effects

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are undergoing cancer treatment with Eloxatin and you experience any signs of nerve problems, an allergic reaction, or severe skin problems. Although not everyone who receives this drug will experience problems, most people will develop some type of side effect during Eloxatin treatment. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and hair loss.

An Introduction to Eloxatin Side Effects

As with other chemotherapy medicines, Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) can cause side effects, some of which can be severe. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during Eloxatin treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider about strategies to prevent or treat side effects you may experience.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Eloxatin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects With Eloxatin

Eloxatin has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in people receiving Eloxatin in combination with other chemotherapy drugs were carefully documented. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how often they appeared.
 
In these studies, the most common Eloxatin side effects included:
 
 
Other common side effects, occurring in 5 percent to 39 percent of people, included:
 
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Cough
  • Skin problems (see Skin and Nail Problems With Chemotherapy)
  • Constipation (see Constipation With Chemotherapy)
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Nosebleeds
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Back pain
  • General body pain
  • High blood glucose (blood sugar)
  • Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, ankles, feet, or other body areas
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in taste
  • Reactions at the site of the injection
  • Allergic reactions
  • Symptoms of the common cold, such as sore throat, runny nose, or congestion
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Rash
  • Dry or itching skin
  • Sudden warmth or redness of the face and neck
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the eyelids)
  • Gas
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Coldness and shivering with a fever
  • Headache
  • Redness, tenderness, or peeling of the hands or feet
  • Blood clots
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sweating
  • Increased need to urinate, painful urination, or blood in the urine
  • Vision problems
  • Nerve pain
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Hiccups
  • Watery eyes
  • Chest pain (angina).
 
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