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While most people have no problems when taking Avastin, side effects can occur. Commonly reported ones include nausea, stomach pain, high blood pressure, and vomiting. These side effects are generally mild and easily treated. However, some reactions to Avastin should be reported to your healthcare provider right away, including signs of a hole in the intestines, unusual bruising, and signs of an allergic reaction.
An Introduction to Avastin Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Avastin® (bevacizumab); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of AvastinAvastin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. Because Avastin is designed to be used in combination with chemotherapy (for most uses), these studies usually compared chemotherapy plus Avastin to chemotherapy alone. Therefore, reported side effects could be due to either Avastin or chemotherapy.
- Scaly, peeling skin -- in up to 84 percent of people
- High blood pressure (hypertension) -- up to 67 percent
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 61 percent
- General weakness -- up to 57 percent
- Infections -- up to 55 percent
- Vomiting -- up to 52 percent
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold) -- up to 47 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 45 percent
- Loss of appetite -- up to 43 percent.
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Changes in taste
- Weight loss
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Voice changes
- Dry mouth
- Skin sores.