Yescarta Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 10/18/2022
Yescarta Side Effects Center

What Is Yescarta?

Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) is a CD19-directed genetically modified autologous T cell immunotherapy indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, high grade B-cell lymphoma, and DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma.

What Are Side Effects of Yescarta?

Yescarta may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • confusion,
  • severe vomiting or diarrhea,
  • fast or irregular heartbeats,
  • lightheadedness,
  • weakness,
  • tiredness,
  • problems with speech,
  • problems with thinking or memory,
  • confusion,
  • seizure,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • tremors,
  • anxiety,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • unusual thoughts or behavior,
  • trouble speaking or understanding what is said to you,
  • flu-like symptoms,
  • mouth sores,
  • skin sores,
  • easy bruising,
  • unusual bleeding,
  • pale skin,
  • cold hands and feet, and
  • shortness of breath

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

Common side effects of Yescarta include:

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, or passing out;
  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

Dosage for Yescarta

Administer a lymphodepleting regimen of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine before infusion of Yescarta. Premedicate with acetaminophen and an H1-antihistamine. The target Yescarta dose is 2 × 106 CAR-positive viable T cells per kg body weight, with a maximum of 2 × 108 CAR-positive viable T cells.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Yescarta?

Yescarta may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Yescarta During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Yescarta is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. Pregnancy after Yescarta infusion should be discussed with the treating physician. It is unknown if Yescarta passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Yescarta (Axicabtagene Ciloleucel) Suspension for Intravenous Infusion Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

A serious side effect of axicabtagene ciloleucel is called cytokine release syndrome (CRS). Tell your caregivers right away if you have signs of this condition: fever, chills, trouble breathing, confusion, severe vomiting or diarrhea, fast or irregular heartbeats, feeling light-headed, or feeling very weak or tired. Your caregivers will have medication available to quickly treat CRS if it occurs.

Also tell your caregivers or seek emergency medical attention if you have signs of life-threatening nerve problems: problems with speech, problems with thinking or memory, confusion, or a seizure.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • headaches, dizziness;
  • tremors, anxiety, trouble sleeping;
  • unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • trouble speaking or understanding what is said to you; or
  • low blood cell counts--fever, chills, tiredness, flu-like symptoms, mouth sores, skin sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, cold hands and feet, feeling light-headed or short of breath.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, diarrhea;
  • low blood cells;
  • confusion; or
  • fast heartbeats.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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The following adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The safety data described in this section reflect exposure to YESCARTA in the clinical trial (Study 1) in which 108 patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell NHL received CAR-positive T cells based on a recommended dose which was weight-based [see Clinical Trials]. Patients with a history of CNS disorders (such as seizures or cerebrovascular ischemia) or autoimmune disease requiring systemic immunosuppression were ineligible. The median duration of follow up was 8.7 months. The median age of the study population was 58 years (range: 23 to 76 years); 68% were men. The baseline ECOG performance status was 43% with ECOG 0, and 57% with ECOG 1.

The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 20%) include CRS, fever, hypotension, encephalopathy, tachycardia, fatigue, headache, decreased appetite, chills, diarrhea, febrile neutropenia, infections-pathogen unspecified, nausea, hypoxia, tremor, cough, vomiting, dizziness, constipation, and cardiac arrhythmias. Serious adverse reactions occurred in 52% of patients. The most common serious adverse reactions (> 2%) include encephalopathy, fever, lung infection, febrile neutropenia, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac failure, urinary tract infection, renal insufficiency, aphasia, cardiac arrest, Clostridium difficile infection, delirium, hypotension, and hypoxia.

The most common (≥ 10%) Grade 3 or higher reactions include febrile neutropenia, fever, CRS, encephalopathy, infections-pathogen unspecified, hypotension, hypoxia and lung infections.

Forty-five percent (49/108) of patients received tocilizumab after infusion of YESCARTA.

Table 3 summarizes the adverse reactions that occurred in at least 10% of patients treated with YESCARTA and Table 4 describes the laboratory abnormalities of Grade 3 or 4 that occurred in at least 10% of patients.

Table 3: Summary of Adverse Reactions Observed in at Least 10% of the Patients Treated with YESCARTA in Study 1

Adverse Reaction Any Grade (%) Grade 3 or Higher (%)
Cardiac Disorders
Tachycardiaa 57 2
Arrhythmiab 23 7
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Diarrhea 38 4
Nausea 34 0
Vomiting 26 1
Constipation 23 0
Abdominal painc 14 1
Dry mouth 11 0
General Disorders And Administration Site Conditions
Fever 86 16
Fatigued 46 3
Chills 40 0
Edemae 19 1
Immune System Disorders
Cytokine release syndrome 94 13
Hypogammaglobulinemiaf 15 0
Infections And Infestations
Infections-pathogen unspecified 26 16
Viral infections 16 4
Bacterial Infections 13 9
Decreased appetite 44 2
Weight decreased 16 0
Dehydration 11 3
Musculoskelatal And Connective Tissue Disorders
Motor dysfunctiong 19 1
Pain in extremityh 17 2
Back pain 15 1
Muscle pain 14 1
Arthralgia 10 0
Nervous System Disorders
Encephalopathyi 57 29
Headachej 45 1
Tremor 31 2
Dizzinessk 21 1
Aphasial 18 6
Psychiatric Disorders
Deliriumm 17 6
Respiratory, Thoracic And Mediastinal Disorders
Hypoxian 32 11
Cougho 30 0
Dyspneap 19 3
Pleural effusion 13 2
Renal and Urinary Disorders
Renal insufficiency 12 5
Vascular Disorders
Hypotensionq 57 15
Hypertension 15 6
Thrombosisr 10 1
The following events were also counted in the incidence of CRS: tachycardia, arrhythmia, fever, chills, hypoxia, renal insufficiency, and hypotension.
aTachycardia includes tachycardia, sinus tachycardia.
bArrhythmia includes arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, atrioventricular block, bundle branch block right, electrocardiogram QT prolonged, extra-systoles, heart rate irregular, supraventricular extra systoles, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular arrhythmia, ventricular tachycardia.
cAbdominal pain includes abdominal pain, abdominal pain lower, abdominal pain upper.
dFatigue includes fatigue, malaise.
eEdema includes face edema, generalized edema, local swelling, localized edema, edema, edema genital, edema peripheral, periorbital edema, peripheral swelling, scrotal edema.
fHypogammaglobulinemia includes hypogammaglobulinemia, blood immunoglobulin D decreased, blood immunoglobulin G decreased.
gMotor dysfunction includes muscle spasms, muscular weakness.
hPain in extremity includes pain not otherwise specified, pain in extremity.
iEncephalopathy includes cognitive disorder, confusional state, depressed level of consciousness, disturbance in attention, encephalopathy, hypersomnia, leukoencephalopathy, memory impairment, mental status changes, paranoia, somnolence, stupor.
jHeadache includes headache, head discomfort, sinus headache, procedural headache.
kDizziness includes dizziness, presyncope, syncope.
lAphasia includes aphasia, dysphasia.
mDelirium includes agitation, delirium, delusion, disorientation, hallucination, hyperactivity, irritability, restlessness.
nHypoxia includes hypoxia, oxygen saturation decreased.
oCough includes cough, productive cough, upper-airway cough syndrome.
pDyspnea includes acute respiratory failure, dyspnea, orthopnea, respiratory distress.
qHypotension includes diastolic hypotension, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension.
rThrombosis includes deep vein thrombosis, embolism, embolism venous, pulmonary embolism, splenic infarction, splenic vein thrombosis, subclavian vein thrombosis, thrombosis, thrombosis in device.

Other clinically important adverse reactions that occurred in less than 10% of patients treated with YESCARTA include the following:

Laboratory Abnormalities

Table 4: Grade 3 or 4 Laboratory Abnormalities Occurring in ≥ 10% of Patients in Study 1 Following Treatment with YESCARTA based on CTCAE (N=108)

  Grades 3 or 4 (%)
Lymphopenia 100
Leukopenia 96
Neutropenia 93
Anemia 66
Thrombocytopenia 58
Hypophosphatemia 50
Hyponatremia 19
Uric acid increased 13
Direct Bilirubin increased 13
Hypokalemia 10
Alanine Aminotransferase increased 10


YESCARTA has the potential to induce anti-product antibodies. The immunogenicity of YESCARTA has been evaluated using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of binding antibodies against FMC63, the originating antibody of the anti-CD19 CAR. Three patients tested positive for pre-dose anti-FMC63 antibodies at baseline and Months 1, 3, or 6 in Study 1. There is no evidence that the kinetics of initial expansion and persistence of YESCARTA, or the safety or effectiveness of YESCARTA, was altered in these patients.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Yescarta (Axicabtagene Ciloleucel Suspension for Intravenous Infusion)

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