Afatinib Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment unless your doctor tells you to stop. You will need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
If you experience any of the following, contact your health care provider: eye irritation; rash; severe or continuing diarrhea, nausea, decreased appetite, or vomiting; or if your breathing gets worse or you develop shortness of breath or cough.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 2 weeks after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine or for 2 weeks after the last dose.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Bloody or cloudy urine
burning, dry, or itching eyes
difficult, burning, or painful urination
discharge or excessive tearing
frequent urge to urinate
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
redness, swelling, or pain of the skin
scaling of the skin on the hands and feet
tingling of the hands and feet
ulceration of the skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Blemishes on the skin
chapped, red, or swollen lips
itching skin or rash
loosening of the fingernails
redness or soreness around the fingernails
scaling, redness, burning, pain, or other signs of inflammation of the lips
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.