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Sutent Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is sunitinib (Sutent)?
- What are the possible side effects of sunitinib (Sutent)?
- What is the most important information I should know about sunitinib (Sutent)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using sunitinib (Sutent)?
- How should I take sunitinib (Sutent)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Sutent)?
- What happens if I overdose (Sutent)?
- What should I avoid while taking sunitinib (Sutent)?
- What other drugs will affect sunitinib (Sutent)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using sunitinib (Sutent)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely take sunitinib, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver or kidney disease;
- heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorder;
- a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder;
- a disorder of your thyroid or adrenal gland;
- a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome; or
- a history of stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, a blood clot, or coronary artery disease.
Some people using sunitinib have developed bone loss in the jaw, also called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Symptoms may include jaw pain, swelling, numbness, loose teeth, gum infection, or slow healing after injury or surgery involving the gums.
You may be more likely to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw if you have cancer or have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids. Other conditions associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw include blood clotting disorders, anemia (low red blood cells), a pre existing dental problem, or taking medications to treat or prevent osteoporosis.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use sunitinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether sunitinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using sunitinib.
How should I take sunitinib (Sutent)?
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.
Sunitinib is usually taken once per day. Sunitinib is sometimes taken for 4 weeks followed by 2 weeks off the drug. Your doctor will determine how many complete treatment cycles you need based on your condition.
Sunitinib may be taken with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, or open a sunitinib capsule. Swallow it whole. The medicine from a crushed or broken pill can be dangerous if it gets on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water and rinse thoroughly.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood and blood pressure may need to be tested at the beginning of each 4-week treatment cycle. Your heart function may also need to be tested with an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) on a regular basis, and you may also need frequent dental exams. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.
If you need surgery or a dental procedure, tell the surgeon or dentist ahead of time that you are using sunitinib. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Sutent Information
- Sutent Drug Interactions Center: sunitinib oral
- Sutent Side Effects Center
- Sutent Overview including Precautions
- Sutent FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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