WHAT IS SORANIB ?
SORANIB Sorafenib is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Soranib is used to treat kidney or liver cancer. It may also be used to treat a certain type of thyroid cancer (differentiated thyroid carcinoma).
SORANIB COMMON SIDE EFFECTS :
Acne, dry skin, nausea, diarrhea, patchy hair loss/thinning, loss of appetite, dry mouth, hoarseness, or tiredness may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: bone/muscle pain, depression, easy bruising or bleeding, headache, tongue/mouth sores or pain, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, shortness of breath, swollen hands/ankles/feet, signs of liver problems (such as stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
SAFETY INFORMATION (Precautions) :
- Before taking sorafenib, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems, heart problems (such as heart attack, angina), high blood pressure, liver problems.
- Sorafenib may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
- The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using sorafenib, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
- Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using sorafenib safely.
- Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose.
- To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured, use caution with sharp objects like safety razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
- Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially QT prolongation (see above).
- Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.
- This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. To avoid pregnancy, both males and females using sorafenib must use reliable form(s) of birth control during treatment and for at least 2 weeks after stopping this drug. Consult your doctor for more details.
- It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
PROPER STORAGE OF SORANIB :
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions are permitted between 15°C and 30°C (59°F and 86°F). Protect from moisture.
SORANIB INTERACTIONS :
Some products that may interact with this drug include: other anti-cancer drugs (such as docetaxel, doxorubicin, irinotecan), "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin, heparins), neomycin taken by mouth.
Other medications can affect the removal of sorafenib from your body, which may affect how sorafenib works. Examples include dexamethasone, rifamycins (such as rifampin/rifabutin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital), among others.
This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.