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Cabozantinib Oral capsule

It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing

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What is this medicine?

CABOZANTINIB (KA boe ZAN ti nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing. This medicine is used to treat thyroid cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-bleeding disorders
-high blood pressure
-liver disease
-recent surgery
-skin conditions or sensitivity
-an unusual or allergic reaction to cabozantinib, 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 glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take with food. 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 your next dose is to be taken in less than 12 hours, then do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

-atazanavir
-carbamazepine
-clarithromycin
-grapefruit juice
-indinavir
-itraconazole
-ketoconazole
-nefazodone
-nelfinavir
-phenobarbital
-phenytoin
-rifabutin
-rifampin
-rifapentine
-ritonavir
-saquinavir
-St. John's Wort
-telithromycin
-voriconazole

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

If you are going to have surgery or any other procedures, tell your doctor you are taking this medicine.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 4 months after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Men should not father a child while taking this medicine and for 4 months after stopping it. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.


Last Updated: June 07, 2013
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