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Afinitor Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Afinitor

Generic Name: everolimus (Afinitor) (Pronunciation: E ver OH li mus (a FIN i tor))

What is everolimus (Afinitor) (Afinitor)?

Everolimus is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body.

The Afinitor brand of everolimus is used to treat certain types of kidney cancer, breast cancer, or brain tumor. Afinitor is usually given after other cancer medications have been tried without successful treatment.

Afinitor is also used to treat non-cancerous (benign) kidney tumors, and certain types of advanced or progressive tumors of the pancreas.

This medication guide provides information about the Afinitor brand of everolimus. Zortress is another brand of everolimus used to prevent organ rejection after a kidney transplant.

Everolimus may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of Afinitor (Afinitor)?

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

Stop using Afinitor and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • new or worsening cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
  • stabbing chest pain, cough with yellow or green mucus;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms, feeling weak or tired;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • pain or fullness in your ear, hearing problems;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or
  • nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • diarrhea, constipation, mild nausea or vomiting, weight loss;
  • dry skin, acne, mild itching or skin rash;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
  • unusual taste in your mouth;
  • headache; or
  • pain in your arms and legs.

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.

Read the Afinitor (everolimus tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about Afinitor (Afinitor)?

This medication guide provides information about the Afinitor brand of everolimus. Zortress is another brand of everolimus used to prevent organ rejection after a kidney transplant.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to everolimus, sirolimus (Rapamune), tacrolimus (Prograf), or temsirolimus (Torisel).

Do not use Afinitor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control while you are using this medication and for at least 8 weeks after your treatment ends.

Before taking Afinitor, tell your doctor if you have a breathing disorder such as asthma or COPD, liver disease (or a history of hepatitis B), an active infection, diabetes or high blood sugar, or high cholesterol.

Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using Afinitor. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease.

There are many other drugs that can interact with everolimus. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products.

While using Afinitor, you may need blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.

Side Effects Centers

Afinitor - User Reviews

Afinitor User Reviews

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