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;
sore mouth, cold sores or mouth ulcers dry mouth dehydration fatigue or unusual weakness trouble sleeping (insomnia) aggression, irritability, feeling agitated, fits nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, disturbance of taste, weight loss heartburn headache, dizziness nose bleeds
If you have symptoms of a allergic reaction or flu like symptoms tell your doctor immediately.
Afinitor is a mediation that works towards slowing down or stopping the growth of cancer or tumor cells. There are various types of cancers it helps to treat, such examples are kidney, breast, pancreas, lung, and intestinal cancers. And for tumors it treats only certain types of benign tumors in the brain or kidney. This medication comes in the singular strength of 10mg. If you have any questions regarding this product or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.
In many trials, the average duration of the treatment is approximately 24 weeks. As to when the medication will start to work, that does vary between one person to the next. You doctor will be running some blood tests, all of which will be repeated periodically while you are on this medication.
This medication is unfortunately not covered by Medicare. Therefore it does not fall within any of its Tier structures. The drug itself can be quite costly, but you can find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. Feel free to give us a call if you have any inquires.
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