What does Sorafenib treat?
Sorafenib is an anticancer medication prescribed to treat adults suffering from advanced renal cell carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (advanced liver cancer) and differentiated thyroid carcinoma (a type of thyroid cancer). This is a multikinase inhibitor which acts by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Sorafenib dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Take this with a full glass of water and take this at least one hour before or two hours post a meal.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember but not lesser than two hours since your last meal. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Sorafenib is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Sorafenib.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with other anticancer medicines, heart medications, barbiturates, blood thinners, rifamycins, seizure medicines, tuberculosis medications and HIV medicines. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Sorafenib might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Sorafenib may have side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, acne, hair thinning, high blood pressure, poor appetite, weight loss, fatigue, sore mouth, hoarseness, bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting and hand–foot skin reaction such as redness/pain/swelling/blistering on the palms or soles of your feet. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Sorafenib
- Can I take Sorafenib along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Sorafenib?
- What is the dosage of Sorafenib to be consumed?
- How should I use Sorafenib?
- How will Sorafenib work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Sorafenib be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Sorafenib is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.