What are the possible side effects of Zelboraf?

Zelboraf (vemurafenib), a drug used to treat certain types of the skin cancer melanoma, may cause several side effects, some more severe than others. The most common include:
  • hair loss
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • sensitivity to sunlight
  • itching
  • joint and muscle pain
  • noncancerous skin growths
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • headache
  • cough
  • changes in your sense of taste
While taking Zelboraf you may develop a new melanoma or cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, another type of skin cancer. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your skin.

Zelboraf may cause severe allergic or skin reactions. If you experience any of the following symptoms, get medical attention immediately:
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • rapid, irregular or pounding heartbeats
  • fainting
  • body-wide rash or redness
  • hives
  • peeling, blistering skin
  • fever
  • throat tightness or hoarseness
  • swelling of the face, lips or tongue

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