How Sunitinib works?
Sunitinib is an anti-cancer medication. It works by binding and blocking certain cell surface protein (tyrosine kinase) responsible for the propagation of cancer growth. It also restricts the growth of new blood vessels within the tumor. This is how it prevents the proliferation of malignant cancers.
Common side effects of Sunitinib
Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Edema (swelling), Rash, Abdominal pain, Discoloration of skin, Fatigue, Fever, Dry skin, Bleeding, High blood pressure, Diarrhea, Constipation, Painful blisters on hands and feet, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Hair discoloration, Pain in extremities, Back pain, Headache, Joint pain, Weight loss, Cough, Taste change, Indigestion, Breathlessness
How should I take Sunitinib?
You should take Sunitinib exactly as directed by your doctor. It should be started by doctors who have experience in administering cancer medicines. Take it once a day with or without food. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with Sunitinib, as the chances of side effects may be more.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dose of sunitinib by less than 12 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the scheduled time. However, if you miss a dose by more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call a doctor.