- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Nexavar* used for?
Generic for Nexavar* (Sorafenib) is an anticancer medication used to treat adults with advanced renal cell carcinoma (primary kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body), who have failed to respond to other therapies.
A targeted therapy drug, Generic for Nexavar* is also indicated for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (advanced liver cancer) that cannot be removed by surgery.
Generic for Nexavar* is also prescribed for the treatment of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (a type of thyroid cancer) that is progressive and can no longer respond to radioactive iodine treatment.
Generic for Nexavar* belongs to a class of drugs called multikinase inhibitors. Generic for Nexavar* works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. Also, Generic for Nexavar* blocks the cancer cells from forming new blood vessels within the tumor.
Generic for Nexavar* may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Nexavar*?
The dosage of Generic for Nexavar* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Generic for Nexavar* should be taken by mouth on an empty stomach. Swallow Generic for Nexavar* tablets with a glass of water (at least 1 hour before or two hours after a meal).
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Nexavar*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Nexavar* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember but no sooner than 2 hours since your last meal. If it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Generic for Nexavar*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Nexavar*, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Generic for Nexavar* may include severe skin rash or severe diarrhea.
What other drug(s) could interact with Generic for Nexavar*?
- St. John's wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Nexavar*. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned medicines.
Generic for Nexavar* can interact with the following types of medicines: other anticancer medicines, blood thinners, rifamycins, seizure medicines, heart medications, barbiturates, tuberculosis medications and HIV medicines.
Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Generic for Nexavar*. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Nexavar*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Nexavar* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Nexavar* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Nexavar* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Nexavar* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Nexavar* can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, sore mouth, hoarseness, dry mouth, acne, hair thinning, high blood pressure, abdominal pain and hand–foot skin reaction (redness/pain/swelling/blistering on the palms or soles of your feet). This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Nexavar*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Nexavar*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Nexavar* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Nexavar*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Nexavar*?
How will Generic for Nexavar* work in my body?
How should Generic for Nexavar* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Nexavar* drug interactions and side effects?
What other important information should you know about Generic for Nexavar*?
Before taking Generic for Nexavar*, make sure to tell your doctor if you
- have heart problems
- have bleeding disorder
- have high blood pressure
- have kidney or liver problems
- have had a surgery recently or plan to have any surgical procedures
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Avoid becoming pregnant when taking Generic for Nexavar*.
- Breastfeeding is not recommended while on treatment with Generic for Nexavar*.
- Do not receive any immunization/vaccination without your doctor’s consent while taking Generic for Nexavar* tablets.
- Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Generic for Nexavar*, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
- Avoid contact with your body fluids (including vomit, urine, feces, vaginal fluid, semen).
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Nexavar* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.