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Zortress Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is everolimus (Zortress) (Zortress)?
- What are the possible side effects of Zortress (Zortress)?
- What is the most important information I should know about Zortress (Zortress)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Zortress (Zortress)?
- How should I take Zortress (Zortress)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zortress)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zortress)?
- What should I avoid while taking Zortress (Zortress)?
- What other drugs will affect Zortress (Zortress)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Zortress)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Zortress)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Zortress (Zortress)?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while taking Zortress. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, typhoid, chickenpox (varicella), BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin), and nasal flu vaccine.
Zortress may increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Zortress and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Avoid using these products while you are taking Zortress.
What other drugs will affect Zortress (Zortress)?
Many drugs can interact with Zortress. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- aprepitant (Emend);
- dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate), or rifapentine (Priftin);
- St. John's wort;
- an antidepressant such as nefazodone;
- other drugs that weaken your immune system;
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate), rifapentine (Priftin), or telithromycin (Ketek);
- an antifungal medication such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- a barbiturate such as butabarbital (Butisol), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
- cholesterol-lowering medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor), pravastatin (Pravachol), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin);
- heart or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), quinidine (Quin-G), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- HIV medication such as delavirdine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Atripla, Sustiva), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), nevirapine (Viramune), ritonavir (Kaletra, Norvir), or saquinavir (Invirase); or
- seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), felbamate (Felbatol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), phenytoin (Dilantin), or primidone (Mysoline).
This list is not complete and 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. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about everolimus (Zortress).
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Zortress Information
- Zortress Drug Interactions Center: everolimus oral
- Zortress Side Effects Center
- Zortress Overview including Precautions
- Zortress FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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