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Afinitor is used to treat renal cell carcinoma, which is a type of kidney cancer. It is also used to treat pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNET) (a type of cancer in the pancreas), a specific type of brain tumor called subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (sometimes called ‘SEGA’) associated with a disease called tuberous sclerosis. Everolimus is the active ingredient you would find in Afinitor.
Afinitor is used to stop new cells from being created by cancer, and cuts off the blood supply, resulting in a delay in growth and spreading of the cancer. It also helps control the growth of tumors (seen in pNET). In the treatment of SEGA, Afinitor stops hydrocephalus (excessive accumulation of fluid) and other outcomes the tumor can cause, it does this by reducing the size of the brain SEGA.
Afinitor is available in 10MG and is sold by the brand version as there is no generic alternative at this time.
Always follow directions given by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water and do not crush or chew it. If you cannot swallow the medication whole, you can stir and dissolve them into a glass of water (30mL).
Take this medication at the same time everyday to reach the full effectiveness.
Your dosage may vary depending on what you are taking this medication for.
Do not take Afinitor if you are allergic to Everolimus or sirolimus.
Do not take this medication date if it is past expiration.
Afinitor may have an effect on male fertility and is not recommened for preganant or breast feeding females. It can cause an absence of menstrual cycles in females.
Tell your doctor if you are having liver problems, diabetes or high levels of blood sugar.
Grapefruit, star fruit and Seville oranges should be avoided during treatment as they can interfere with the absorption of the tablet.
Some side effects include;
If you have symptoms of a allergic reaction or flu like symptoms tell your doctor immediately.
What are the inactive ingredients in this medication?
When is the best time to take this pill?
Same time every day. You can take it after a light meal, but not after a high fat meal.
What other medications interfere with Afinitor?
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