Sunitinib (Sutent) for the Treatment of Cancer
Sunitinib is an oral chemotherapy medicine used to treat late-stage kidney cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in patients who have taken Imatinib.
How It Is Given
This medicine is a capsule that you swallow. You may take it with or without food. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
Common Side Effects
- GI upset: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, taste changes, mouth sores, or diarrhea
- Allergic reaction: itching, hives, shortness of breath, chest tightness, swelling
- Muscle or joint aches
- High blood pressure
Less Common Side Effects
- Decreased blood count
- Increased eye tearing
- Changes in kidney or liver function
- Blood clot
- Swelling of feet/legs
When to Call Your Health Care Provider
- Allergic reaction: itching, hives, shortness of breath, chest tightness, swelling.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea not controlled by medicines.
- Pain in lower leg (calf).
- You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are on this medicine.
- There are many medicines that could interact with Sunitinib. Tell your doctor all the medicines you are taking.
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Last Updated: 09/23/2011
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