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TORISEL® (temsirolimus) Highlights


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TORISEL Kit (temsirolimus) injection, for intravenous use
Initial U.S. Approval: 2007


Warnings and Precautions, Proteinuria and Nephrotic Syndrome (5.11) 3/2018
Warnings and Precautions, Embryo-Fetal Toxicity (5.15) 3/2018


TORISEL® is a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma. (1)


  • The recommended dose of TORISEL is 25 mg administered as an intravenous infusion over a 30–60 minute period once a week. Treat until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. (2.1)
  • Antihistamine pre-treatment is recommended. (2.2)
  • Dose reduction is required in patients with mild hepatic impairment. (2.4)
  • TORISEL (temsirolimus) injection vial contents must first be diluted with the enclosed diluent before diluting the resultant solution with 250 mL of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection. (2.5)


TORISEL injection, 25 mg/mL supplied with DILUENT for TORISEL. (3)


TORISEL is contraindicated in patients with bilirubin > 1.5×ULN. (4)


  • Hypersensitivity/Infusion Reactions (including some life-threatening and rare fatal reactions) can occur early in the first infusion of TORISEL. Patients should be monitored throughout the infusion. (5.1)
  • To treat hypersensitivity reactions, stop TORISEL and treat with an antihistamine. TORISEL may be restarted at physician discretion at a slower rate. (5.1)
  • Hepatic Impairment: Use caution when treating patients with mild hepatic impairment and reduce dose. (2.4, 5.2)
  • Hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia are likely and may require treatment. Monitor glucose and lipid profiles. (5.3, 5.6)
  • Infections may result from immunosuppression. (5.4)
  • Monitor for symptoms or radiographic changes of interstitial lung disease (ILD). If ILD is suspected, discontinue TORISEL, and consider use of corticosteroids and/or antibiotics. (5.5)
  • Bowel perforation may occur. Evaluate fever, abdominal pain, bloody stools, and/or acute abdomen promptly. (5.7)
  • Renal failure, sometimes fatal, has occurred. Monitor renal function at baseline and while on TORISEL. (5.8)
  • Due to abnormal wound healing, use TORISEL with caution in the perioperative period. (5.9)
  • Proteinuria and nephrotic syndrome may occur. Monitor urine protein prior to the start of TORISEL therapy and periodically thereafter. Discontinue TORISEL in patients with who develop nephrotic syndrome. (5.11)
  • Live vaccinations and close contact with those who received live vaccines should be avoided. (5.14)
  • Embryo-Fetal Toxicity: Can cause fetal harm. Advise patients of the potential hazard to the fetus and to use effective contraception. (5.15, 8.1, 8.3)
  • Elderly patients may be more likely to experience certain adverse reactions, including diarrhea, edema and pneumonia. (5.16)


The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥30%) are rash, asthenia, mucositis, nausea, edema, and anorexia. The most common laboratory abnormalities (incidence ≥30%) are anemia, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, elevated alkaline phosphatase, elevated serum creatinine, lymphopenia, hypophosphatemia, thrombocytopenia, elevated AST, and leukopenia. (6)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-934-5556 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


Strong inducers of CYP3A4/5 and inhibitors of CYP3A4 may affect concentrations of the primary metabolite of TORISEL. If alternatives cannot be used, dose modifications of TORISEL are recommended. (7.1, 7.2, 7.3)


Lactation: Do not breastfeed. (8.2)


Revised: 3/2018

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