Sorafenib is a drug used to treat Renal cell carcinoma a type of kidney cancer and Hepatocellular carcinoma a type of liver cancer. Sorafenib tosylate helps cancer patients by stopping the cells from dividing and may prevent the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow. It is a type of kinase inhibitor and a type of antiangiogenesis agent.
How should Sorafenib medicine be used?
Sorafenib comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take sorafenib exactly as directed by your Physician. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not split, chew, or crush them. Your doctor may decrease your dose of sorafenib during your treatment, or may tell you to stop taking sorafenib for a period of time if you experience side effects. Be sure to tell your doctor how you are feeling during your treatment with sorafenib.
Other uses for sorafenib medicine
Sorafenib medication may also be prescribed for other uses that are not listed on this Website.
What special precautions should I follow before taking Sorafenib Tablet?
Before taking sorafenib,
- • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to sorafenib, dany other medications, or any of the ingredients in sorafenib tablets. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban), carbamazepine (Equetro, Tegretol), cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar), dexamethasone, docetaxel (Taxotere), doxorubicin (Doxil, Adriamycin), efavirenz (Sustiva), fluorouracil (Adrucil), ifosfamide, irinotecan (Camptosar), methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), paclitaxel (Abraxane, Onxol, Taxol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), repaglinide (Prandin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane), or torsemide (Demadex). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- • Tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John's wort.
- • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had high blood pressure, bleeding problems, chest pain, a heart attack, kidney disease other than kidney cancer, or heart or liver disease.
- • You should know that sorafenib may decrease fertility in men and women. However, you should not assume that you or your partner cannot become pregnant. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should tell your doctor before you begin taking this drug. Use a reliable method of birth control during your treatment and for 2 weeks after you stop taking sorafenib. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods that will work for you. Sorafenib may harm the fetus.
- • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking sorafenib.
Sorafenib side effects ?
Sorafenib may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
tiredness, weakness, rash, skin redness, hair loss, itching, dry or peeling skin, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, mouth sores, weight loss, joint pain, numbness, pain or tingling in hands or feet, headache, unusual bruising or bleeding, black and/or tarry stools, red blood in stools, bloody vomit, vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds, fever, severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, sweating a lot, sudden severe headache, confusion, changes in vision, seizures,redness, pain, swelling or blisters on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
Sorafenib may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
How to store sorafenib tablets?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.