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Afinitor Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is everolimus (Afinitor) (Afinitor)?
- What are the possible side effects of Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- How should I take Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Afinitor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Afinitor)?
- What should I avoid while taking Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- What other drugs will affect Afinitor (Afinitor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Afinitor (Afinitor)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to everolimus, sirolimus (Rapamune), tacrolimus (Prograf), or temsirolimus (Torisel).
To make sure you can safely take everolimus, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a breathing disorder, such as asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);
- liver disease, or a history of hepatitis B;
- kidney disease;
- an active infection;
- diabetes or high blood sugar; or
- high cholesterol.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not take Afinitor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control while you are taking this medication and for at least 8 weeks after your treatment ends.
Everolimus can affect fertility (your ability to have children), whether you are a man or a woman.
It is not known whether everolimus passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking everolimus.
How should I take Afinitor (Afinitor)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Everolimus should be taken at the same time each day. You may take everolimus with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Do not crush or chew an everolimus tablet. Swallow the pill whole. If you have trouble swallowing the tablet, stir it into 2 tablespoons of water until the tablet breaks apart. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Everolimus can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you have hepatitis B you may develop liver symptoms after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping. Your doctor may want to check your liver function for several months after you stop using everolimus. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature in the original container, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it.
Additional Afinitor Information
- Afinitor Drug Interactions Center: everolimus oral
- Afinitor Side Effects Center
- Afinitor Overview including Precautions
- Afinitor FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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