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EVEROLIMUS - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Afinitor
USES: Everolimus is used to treat kidney cancer. It is also used to treat certain tumors in the brain, kidney, or pancreas. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking everolimus and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. You may take this medication with or without food, but it is important to choose one way and take this medication the same way with every dose. Swallow this medication whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
If you have difficulty swallowing this medication whole, you may place the medication in a glass with about 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of water. Stir the mixture gently until the tablet(s) break apart, then drink all of the mixture immediately. To make sure you have taken the whole dose, add about 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of water to the glass to rinse it, and drink all the rinse water.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, laboratory tests, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often without your doctor's approval. Your condition will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of this medication in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.
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