Understand your dose on SUTENT
SUTENT comes in 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 37.5 mg, and 50 mg capsules. These are taken by mouth once daily, with or without food. Learn about the recommeded dosage or dose schedule for each.
- SUTENT is taken every day for 4 weeks (28 days), then it is stopped for 2 weeks (14 days). This is 1 cycle of treatment
- This cycle is repeated for as long as your doctor tells you to
- SUTENT is taken every day
- SUTENT is taken for as long as your doctor tells you to
DOSING CAN VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO TAKE SUTENT AS DIRECTED BY YOUR DOCTOR.
You may experience side effects when taking SUTENT. Some can be managed but others are more serious and may not be manageable. Your healthcare provider may change your dose or stop your treatment. Learn about some of the potential side effects of SUTENT on the next page. You will also find tips to help you manage some side effects.
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SUTENT can cause serious liver problems, including death.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following signs and symptoms of liver problems during treatment with SUTENT:
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Dark urine
- Pain or discomfort in the right upper stomach area
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver function before you start taking SUTENT and during treatment.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
- SUTENT may harm an unborn baby. You should not become pregnant while taking SUTENT. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking SUTENT
- Do not breastfeed while taking SUTENT
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using SUTENT with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects. You may have an increased risk of severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis) if you take SUTENT and a bisphosphonate medicine (Actonel, Aredia, Boniva, Didronel, Fosamax, Reclast, Skelid, or Zometa). Talk with your healthcare provider before starting any new medicines.
Tell all of your healthcare providers and dentists that you are taking SUTENT. They should talk to the healthcare provider who prescribed SUTENT for you, before you have any surgery, or medical or dental procedure.
Do not drink grapefruit juice, eat grapefruit, or take St. John's Wort.
SUTENT may cause serious side effects, including:
- Serious liver problems, including death
- Heart problems—Heart problems may include heart failure and heart muscle problems (cardiomyopathy) that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel very tired, are short of breath, or have swollen feet and ankles
- Abnormal heart rhythm changes—Your healthcare provider may do electrocardiograms and blood tests to watch for these problems during your treatment with SUTENT. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel dizzy, faint, or have abnormal heartbeats
- High blood pressure—Your healthcare provider may check your blood pressure during treatment with SUTENT. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine for you to treat high blood pressure, if needed
- Bleeding sometimes leading to death—Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms or a serious bleeding problem:
- Painful, swollen stomach (abdomen)
- Bloody urine
- Vomiting blood
- Headache or change in your mental status
- Black, sticky stools
- Jaw-bone problems (osteonecrosis)—Severe jaw bone problems may happen. Your healthcare provider should examine your mouth before you start SUTENT. Your healthcare provider may tell you to see your dentist before you start SUTENT
- Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS)—TLS is caused by the fast breakdown of cancer cells and may lead to death. TLS may cause you to have nausea, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, clouding of urine and tiredness associated with abnormal laboratory test results (high potassium, uric acid and phosphorus levels and low calcium levels in the blood) that can lead to changes in kidney function and acute kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check you for TLS
- Protein in your urine—Your healthcare provider will check you for this problem. If there is too much protein in your urine, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking SUTENT
- Serious skin and mouth reactions—SUTENT can cause serious skin reactions that can cause death. This can include rash, widespread blistering or peeling of the skin and blistering and peeling on the inside of your mouth. If you develop a rash or these skin symptoms, tell your healthcare provider immediately. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking SUTENT
- Hormone problems, including thyroid and adrenal gland problems—Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your thyroid and adrenal gland function during SUTENT treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Tiredness that worsens and does not go away
- Fast heart rate
- Loss of appetite
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Heat intolerance
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling nervous or agitated, tremors
- Irregular menstrual periods or no menstrual periods
- Nausea or vomiting
- Hair loss
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)—Low blood sugar can happen with SUTENT, and may cause you to become unconscious, or you may need to be hospitalized. Low blood sugar with SUTENT may be worse in people who have diabetes and take anti-diabetic medicines. Your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar levels regularly during treatment with SUTENT and may need to adjust the dose of your anti-diabetic medicines. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
- Fast heart beat
- Feeling jittery
Common side effects of SUTENT include:
- The medicine in SUTENT is yellow, and it may make your skin look yellow. Your skin and hair may get lighter in color
- Rash or other skin changes, including drier, thicker, or cracking skin
- Blisters or a rash on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet
- Taste changes
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, upset stomach, abdominal pain, and constipation. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to handle these problems
- Pain or swelling in your arms or legs
- Shortness of breath
- Bleeding, such as nosebleeds or bleeding from cuts
Call your healthcare provider if you have any swelling or bleeding during treatment with SUTENT.
SUTENT is used to treat advanced kidney cancer (advanced renal cell carcinoma or RCC).
*SUTENT is used to treat GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor). This is a rare cancer of the stomach, bowel, or esophagus. SUTENT is used when the medicine Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate) did not stop the cancer from growing, or when you cannot take Gleevec.
SUTENT is used to treat a type of pancreatic cancer known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pancreatic NET), that has progressed and cannot be treated with surgery.
Gleevec is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.
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