Afinitor is used to treat certain types of cancer
What is this medicine?EVEROLIMUS (eve ROE li mus) decreases the activity of your immune system. Afinitor is used to treat certain types of cancer. Zortress is used for kidney and liver transplant rejection prophylaxis.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- high cholesterol
- immune system problems
- infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
- rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose- galactose malabsorption
- an unusual or allergic reaction to everolimus, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast- feeding
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food, but always take Zortress the same way. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. Do not take with grapefruit juice. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?This medicine may interact with the following medications:
- antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
- certain medicines for cholesterol like simvastatin
- grapefruit juice
- live vaccines