Halaven Side Effects
Anemia, fatigue, and low levels of certain white blood cells are some of the most common side effects of Halaven. As with any chemotherapy medication, some of the most common side effects can be quite dangerous, and most people will experience significant reactions. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience easy bruising, difficulty breathing, or severe vomiting when receiving this drug.
An Introduction to Halaven Side Effects
With most medications, the most common side effects typically are bothersome but not usually dangerous. However, as is typical with chemotherapy medications, some of the most common side effects of Halaven can be quite dangerous. Most people will experience significant side effects with this medication.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Halaven. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Halaven has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving Halaven were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving different types of chemotherapy.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Halaven included but were not limited to:
- Neutropenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell called neutrophils) -- in up to 82 percent of people
- Anemia -- up to 58 percent (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Fatigue or weakness -- up to 54 percent
- Hair loss -- up to 45 percent (see Chemotherapy and Hair Loss)
- Peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain or other nerve problems in the feet or hands) -- up to 35 percent (see Nerve and Muscle Problems During Chemotherapy)
- Nausea -- up to 35 percent (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Thrombocytopenia (low levels of blood platelets) -- up to 48 percent (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Fatigue -- up to 37 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 10 to 22 percent of people, included:
- Inflammation of the mouth or other mucous membranes (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy)
- Diarrhea (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea)
- Joint pain or muscle pain
- Back pain
- Bone pain
- Arm or leg pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- A urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection.