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Learn more about the common side effects of GILOTRIF

The most common side effects of GILOTRIF include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Mouth sores
  • Nail inflammation
  • Dry skin
  • Acne
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Itching

Use the tool below to learn more about some of the common side effects of GILOTRIF and what your doctor may recommend if you experience 1 or more of them.

FAST FACTS ABOUT COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Select the side effect you would like to learn more about. Remember, talk to your doctor immediately if you experience any side effect.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is common with GILOTRIF and may sometimes be severe. Severe diarrhea can cause loss of body fluid (dehydration) and kidney problems that can sometimes lead to death. During your treatment with GILOTRIF, your doctor should prescribe medicines to treat diarrhea. Take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Tell your doctor if you have diarrhea. Get medical attention right away if your diarrhea does not go away or becomes severe.

Be sure to contact your doctor:

  • When you first experience diarrhea
  • If you feel very sick and/or the diarrhea is affecting your daily activities
  • If any of the following symptoms accompany the diarrhea: pain or cramps in your stomach; fever; and/or dark, concentrated urine
  • If you have been treating the diarrhea according to your doctor’s instructions for 2 days and are still experiencing 4 or more bowel movements above your usual number

How is it treated?

If you experience diarrhea your doctor may recommend antidiarrhea medication (such as loperamide), and modifications to your diet.

Your doctor may recommend that you start treating your diarrhea as soon as it starts. Carry your antidiarrhea medication at all times and follow the instructions given by your doctor.

Remember, seek medical attention right away if your diarrhea becomes severe and your diarrhea medicine isn’t working.

In cases where your diarrhea is severe or if it continues for a couple of days while you are taking antidiarrhea medicine, your doctor may choose to interrupt your GILOTRIF treatment and adjust your dose, or after multiple dose adjustments, discontinue treatment.

Talk to your doctor about diarrhea

Your doctor may also recommend that you:

Skin reactions

GILOTRIF may cause serious side effects including skin reactions. It can also cause redness and an acne-like rash. It is important to get treatment for skin reactions as soon as you notice them. Take medicines to help skin reactions exactly as your doctor tells you to. Get medical attention right away if you develop severe skin reactions such as peeling or blistering of the skin, or blisters in your mouth.

Skin rash with GILOTRIF is usually mild or moderate. Severe rash did occur in some people taking GILOTRIF. The illustration below can help you describe the rash to your doctor, if necessary.

 

Be sure to contact your doctor:

  • When you first experience skin problems
  • If the skin problem is affecting your daily activities
  • If you have been treating the problem according to your doctor’s instructions but it does not improve
  • Get medical attention right away if you develop severe skin problems

How is it treated?

Skin rash, itchiness, dryness, and acne (pimples) are common side effects of GILOTRIF. Your doctor may recommend minimizing sun exposure with protective clothing and the use of sunscreen while taking GILOTRIF. In cases where you experience severe skin reactions or if it continues for more than a week, your doctor may choose to interrupt your treatment and adjust your dose. In certain severe cases or after multiple dose adjustments, your doctor may choose to discontinue your treatment.

Always take GILOTRIF exactly as prescribed, and do not change the dose or stop taking it unless told to do so by your doctor.

For rashes, your doctor may also recommend that you:

For dry skin, your doctor may also recommend that you:

Mouth sores

Look out for:

  • Red, sore, or bleeding gums; mouth ulcers on the tongue, lips, or either roof or floor of mouth

Be sure to contact your doctor:

  • If you feel uncomfortable and/or the sore mouth is affecting your daily activities
  • If you have been treating the problem according to your healthcare professional’s instructions but it does not improve

How is it treated?

A possible side effect of GILOTRIF is a condition called stomatitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the mouth that may be accompanied by ulcers (sores or lesions). There are several different treatments your doctor may prescribe, including soothing mouth rinses, lozenges, and gels.

In severe cases, your doctor may interrupt your treatment and adjust your dose, or after multiple dose adjustments, discontinue treatment. Always take GILOTRIF exactly as prescribed, and do not change the dose or stop taking it unless told to do so by your doctor.

Your doctor may also recommend that you:

Nail inflammation

Look out for:

  • Red, swollen skin around fingernails or toenails

Be sure to contact your doctor:

  • If you feel uncomfortable and/or nail problems are affecting your daily activities
  • If you have been treating the problem according to your healthcare professional’s instructions but it does not improve

How is it treated?

A possible side effect of GILOTRIF is a condition called paronychia, which is an inflammation and infection of the skin that surrounds nails. There are several treatments your doctor may recommend, including creams that can be applied to the affected areas and antibiotics to fight infections. Your doctor will decide which treatment is best for you. In severe cases, your doctor may interrupt treatment and adjust your dose, or after multiple dose adjustments, discontinue treatment.

Always take GILOTRIF exactly as prescribed, and do not change the dose or stop taking it unless told to do so by your doctor.

Your doctor may also recommend that you: