Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Sunitinib exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not stop this medicine unless your doctor has advised you to do so.
You may take Sunitinib with or without food.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have heart disease, especially if you suffer from irregular heart beats. Also inform your doctor if you have high blood pressure, liver or adrenal gland disease.
For as long as you are taking Sunitinib, you will need to have regular blood tests to check your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not take Sunitinib if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while on Sunitinib, alert your doctor immediately. Sunitinib may cause harm to your unborn child. Both men and women must use proven birth control methods while being treated with Sunitinib. You may wish to discuss birth control methods with your doctor.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are undergoing treatment with Sunitinib.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
Do not eat raw food or food that is not cooked thoroughly, such as sushi and soft-boiled eggs. Meat should be cooked until well-done. Do not take unpasteurised milk, cheese or fruit juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Sunitinib is used to treat cancer of the stomach and intestine.
It can also be used to treat advanced kidney cancer.
What side effects could I experience?
Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, loss of appetite, an unusual taste in the mouth, mouth ulcers and irritation of the mouth are common side effects of Sunitinib. These are usually not severe and can be managed with simple medicines and rest. If you have diarrhoea, make sure to drink plenty of water, unless you have been specifically told not to. If any of these side effects are severe or do not go away, alert your doctor quickly.
The skin may become yellowish, dry and cracked. Blisters or rashes may appear on your palms and soles. Your hair may also lose its colour and fall out more easily. You may feel dizzy and have muscle aches. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Sunitinib will cause the level of your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to drop.
Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients around your body. A fall in the level of red blood cells may make you feel tired and worn out.
White blood cells help your body to fight infections. A fall in the level of your white blood cells may put you at higher risk for infections, such as coughs, colds and flu, which may lead to more serious infections. Avoid crowded places and people who are sick. Alert your doctor if you have a fever, or a cough or flu that does not go away.
Platelets help your blood to clot when there is a cut in the skin. When the level of your platelets drops, you may be at risk of bleeding more than usual. Do not participate in activities in which you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Alert your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines to regulate your heartbeat
- antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole and voriconazole
- antibiotics such as clarithromycin, telithromycin
- epilepsy medicines such as carbamazepine and phenytoin
- TB medicines such as rifampicin
- mood medicines such as nefazodone
- steroids such as dexamethasone
- AIDS (HIV) medicines
- herbs such as St. John's Wort
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.