Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Sutent
Generic Name: sunitinib (Pronunciation: soo NIT in ib)
What is sunitinib (Sutent)?
Sunitinib is a cancer medicine that helps the body slow down the growth and reproduction of certain cells, including tumor cells.
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
orange, imprinted with Pfizer, STN 12.5 mg
Sutent 50 mg
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)?
Before using sunitinib, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, seizures, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, a thyroid disorder, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, or if you have ever had a heart attack, congestive heart failure, a stroke, blood clots, coronary artery disease, bypass graft surgery, or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and is not causing certain side effects, your blood and blood pressure may need to be tested at the beginning of each 4-week treatment cycle. Your heart function may also need to be tested with an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) on a regular basis. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.
Stop using sunitinib and call your doctor at once if you have chest pain, severe dizziness, fast or pounding heartbeat, swelling, feeling short of breath, fainting, sudden numbness or weakness, severe headache, weight changes, tiredness, missed menstrual periods, blood in your urine or stools, coughing up blood, easy bruising or bleeding, 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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