Before taking SUTENT
Tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Have any heart problems
- Have high blood pressure
- Have thyroid problems
- Plan to have surgery
- Have kidney function problems (other than cancer)
- Have liver problems
- Have any bleeding problem
- Have seizures
- Have any other medical conditions
- Are pregnant, could be pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. 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
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take SUTENT or breastfeed. You should not do both
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.
Important things to remember
Here are a few things you should know about taking SUTENT:
- Do not open the SUTENT capsules
- Take SUTENT 1 time each day with or without food
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take it if it is close to your next dose. Just take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take more than 1 dose of SUTENT at a time. Tell your healthcare provider about any missed dose
- Your healthcare provider may do blood tests before each cycle of treatment
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you take too much SUTENT
- Tell your doctor or nurse about all the medicines, vitamins, or herbal products you use
- Do not become pregnant while taking SUTENT. SUTENT may harm an unborn baby (cause birth defects). If you do become pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Stop taking SUTENT
What not to take with SUTENT
Using SUTENT with other medicines can cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor or nurse about all the medicines, vitamins, or herbal products you use.
- Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit because this can change the amount of SUTENT in your body
- Do not take St. John's Wort while taking SUTENT
Easy ways to remember each dose
Since you only have to take SUTENT once a day, there are simple ways to remember each dose. Here are a few ideas you can try:
Make medicine a part of your daily routine—Take your medicine every day at the same time. For example, you may want to take it when you wake up in the morning, or just before you go to bed.
Use a weekly or monthly pill caddy—It can help you keep count of your capsules in advance, and to remember to take each day’s dose.
Plan ahead—If possible, get your refills before your next treatment cycle starts.
Place your pill bottle in plain sight—Keep your medicine where you will see it, such as on your nightstand. Just make sure it is out of the reach of children and pets.
Always carry an extra dose with you—No matter where you are, you will always have your medicine on hand.
Use a calendar—Record your dosage times on a calendar or planner. You can then check off each dose as you take it.
Use a diary or journal—Track your medicine and when it is time to take it. You can also use it to track symptoms and side effects for doctor visits.
Ask for a reminder—A caregiver, friend, or family member can help remind you to take each dose of your medicine. Just ask.
SUTENT In Touch is a free, personalized support program that connects patients and caregivers to relevant information, tips, and tools throughout SUTENT treatment.
Have questions about your dose? On the next page, you will learn about the recommended dosage of SUTENT.