Sorafenib is used for the treatment of:
- Kidney cancer
This condition happens when healthy cells in one or both kidneys grow out of control. It may also form a lump called tumor.
- Liver cancer
The liver is made up of several different types of cells and several types of tumors can form there. Liver cancer begins in the cells of your liver.
- Thyroid cancer
Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body weight, and temperature.
How does Sorafenib work?
Sorafenib works by inhibiting the action of various kinase enzymes. This stops the signals that tell the cancer cells to grow and multiply. It also stops blood vessels growing into the tumor. This lessens the tumor’s blood supply, its supply of oxygen and nutrients. Both these effects stop the tumor from growing.
Why use Sorafenib?
Sorafenib is in the class of medications called multi-kinase inhibitors. It interferes with the pathways that signal certain cancer cells to grow. This product is supplied as tablets for oral use. Each tablet is available in the strength of 200 mg that contains Sorafenib as an active ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Sorafenib?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. You must take this medication exactly as it is prescribed. You should not take more or less or more often than it is given by your doctor.
Sorafenib is usually taken twice a day. This is to be taken on an empty stomach at least an hour before or 2 hours before meals. Take it by mouth and swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. Remember to take it at the same time every day.
What are the side effects of Sorafenib?
- Dry skin
- Skin rash or itching
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Patchy hair loss or thinning
- Dry mouth
Warnings and Precautions
- If your condition does not improve, call your doctor right away.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Let your doctor know if you ever had a bleeding problem, heart disease, or liver disease.
- Do not share this or any of your medication with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Keep this at room temperature far from moisture or heat.