Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Sutent
Generic Name: sunitinib (Pronunciation: soo NIT in ib)
What is sunitinib (Sutent)?
Sunitinib is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Sunitinib is used to treat certain types of advanced or progressive tumors of the digestive system, the pancreas, or the kidneys.
Sunitinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Sutent 12.5 mg
capsule, orange, imprinted with Pfizer, STN 12.5 mg
Sutent 50 mg
capsule, brown, imprinted with Pfizer, STN 50 mg
What are the possible side effects of sunitinib (Sutent)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using sunitinib and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about sunitinib (Sutent)?
Do not use sunitinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Before using sunitinib, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder, or if you have ever had a stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, a blood clot, or coronary artery disease.
If you need surgery or a dental procedure, tell the surgeon or dentist ahead of time that you are using sunitinib. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, you will need medical tests at the beginning of each 4-week treatment cycle.
Stop using sunitinib and call your doctor at once if you have chest pain, severe dizziness or fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats, swelling, feeling short of breath, sudden numbness or weakness, vision or speech problems, easy bruising or bleeding, blood in your urine or stools, coughing up blood, weight changes, tiredness, missed menstrual periods, upper stomach pain, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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