As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Abraxane. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Abraxane include, but are not limited to:
- Hair loss (see Abraxane and Hair Loss)
- Nerve pain or unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling (see Nerve and Muscle Problems During Chemotherapy)
- Neutropenia (low levels of certain white blood cells called neutrophils)
- Changes in the heart rhythm
(Click Abraxane Side Effects to learn more about the possible side effects of Abraxane, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Abraxane can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Abraxane Drug Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- A history of low levels of white blood cells in the blood
- Any infection
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Abraxane and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Abraxane and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Abraxane Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)