What is Sunitix (Sunitinib) used for?
Sunitix (Sunitinib) is used to treat patients with advanced kidney cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs), or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. Sunitinib`s mechanism of action is to block the action of certain enzymes that are involved in growth of cancer cells. Sunitinib belongs to a group of medicines called protein kinase inhibitors.
How should I use Sunitix (Sunitinib)?
Sunitix is packaged in a box of 6 x 50mg capsules.
Sunitinib capsules can be taken with or without food. Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water.
Take only the dosage that has been prescribed for you by your doctor. Do not increase or decrease this dosage unless advised to do so.
For advanced kidney cancer or gastrointestinal stromal tumours:
For treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours:
What are the side effects of Sunitix (Sunitinib)?
Some side effects of Sunitinib are reasonably common. The most common side effects of Sunitinib are:
Less common side effects of Sunitinib include:
If you encounter any of these side effects when taking Sunitix (Sunitinib), contact your doctor.
Only begin taking Sunitix after your doctor has reviewed your full medical history and all medicines you are currently taking.
Sunitinib can causes defects in unborn babies. Do not take Sunitix while pregnant, while you are trying to become pregnant or if you are trying to father a child.
Sunitinib may be excreted via breast milk, so it is not recommended to breastfeed while taking Sunitix.
Sunitinib can inhibit the wound healing process in the body. Avoid any form of surgery while taking Sunitix. If you must have surgery, make sure the doctor or dentist knows you are taking Sunitinib.
Do not receive any immunizations that containin live vaccines while you are taking Sunitix.