Allergic Reaction to Torisel

Although most people tolerate Torisel® (temsirolimus) well, problems may occur and can include potentially dangerous (and even life-threatening) allergic reactions. Torisel is given by an intravenous (IV) infusion once a week to help slow down the progression of advanced kidney cancer. However, about 30 minutes before you receive your Torisel infusion, your healthcare provider will give you an intravenous antihistamine medication, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®, Sominex®, and many others), to help reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
It is important to know that you could experience allergic reactions even if you have received the medication before without any problems. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are undergoing Torisel treatment and experience signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
  • An unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
(For more information on potential allergic reactions with this drug, click Torisel Warnings and Precautions. This resource explains some of the side effects, drug interactions, and other complications this medicine may cause.)
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