How does Sunitinib work?
Sutent capsules contain the active ingredient sunitinib, which is a type of medicine called a multikinase inhibitor. It works by interfering with the pathways that signal certain cancer cells to grow. The way that cells in the body work and grow is regulated by various enzymes called tyrosine kinases. In cancerous cells, these kinases make the cells grow and multiply abnormally. They also stimulate nearby blood vessels to grow into the tumour. The new blood vessels allow the cancer cells to grow and multiply by supplying them with oxygen and nutrients. They also allow the cancerous cells to spread into other areas of the body through the blood circulation.
What is it used for?
Kidney cancer that is advanced or has spread to other parts of the body. A rare cancer that occurs in the wall of the stomach and small intestine (gastrointestinal stromal tumour or GIST) that is inoperable or has spread to other parts of the body. A rare cancer that starts in the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour or pNET) that is inoperable or has spread to other parts of the body.
How do I take Sutent?
Sutent capsules should be swallowed with a glass of water. They can be taken either with or without food. When treating kidney cancer or GIST, the capsules are taken once a day for four weeks, followed by a two week break. This six week cycle may be repeated as long as the cancer is responding to the treatment. When treating pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour or pNET the capsules are taken once a day on a continuous basis. If you forget to take a dose don't worry, just take your next dose as usual the next day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. You should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking this medicine, as it may increase the amount of this medicine in the blood and could therefore increase the risk of side effects.
Possible Side Effects of Suninat 50mg ( Sunitinib )
In addition to its intended effect, Suninat 50Mg Capsule may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
- Abdominal Pain
- Loss of appetite
- Discoloration of skin
- Dry skin
- Increased blood pressure
- Hand-foot syndrome
- Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
- Hair discolouration.
Frequently Ask Question :
Is It safe with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Suninat 50mg capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Suninat 50mg capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?