- 1 Overview
- 2 Usage
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 4 How Do I Take It?
- 5 Precautions
- 6 Symptoms of Overdosage
- 7 Common Side-Effects
- 8 Serious Side-Effects
- 9 Rare Side-Effects
- 10 Disease Interactions
- 11 Technical Classification
- 12 Storage Conditions
- 13 Available Alternatives
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OverviewVANDETANIB is a Schedule H drug.
Vandetanib is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.Vandetanib is a prescription medication used to treat medullary thyroid cancer that cannot be treated by surgery or that has spread to other parts of the body.It blocks the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply.
UsageVANDETANIB is generally used to treat: Thyroid Cancer
VANDETANIB can address symptoms like: Neck Lump Or Bulge, Cough, Hoarse Voice, Neck Pain, Difficulty Swallowing, Difficulty Breathing
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: Is it safe on my liver?
A: Not Safe
Q: Is it safe on my kidney?
A: Not Safe
Q: Can I take it with alcohol?
A: Not Safe
Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Not Advised for age < 5yrs
Q: Can it be taken during pregnancy?
A: Studies indicate Risk – Doctor advice is must
How Do I Take It?Route of Administration: Oral
- You should not use vandetanib if you are allergic to it.
- Do not use vandetanib if you are pregnant.
- Vandetanib is usually taken once per day. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
- Do not take vandetanib in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
- Do not crush a vandetanib tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
- To make swallowing easier, place the tablet into a glass of water and stir until the tablet is dispersed in the water.
- The tablet will not dissolve completely. Drink this mixture right away.
- Do not use a broken pill.The medicine from a crushed or broken pill can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water or rinse your eyes with water.
- While using vandetanib, you may need frequent blood tests.
- Do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
- Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
- Avoid taking an herbal supplement containing St. John’s wort at the same time you are taking vandetanib.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Vandetanib can make you sunburn more easily, for up to 4 months after you stop taking the medicine.
- Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when you are outdoors.
- vandetanib can pass into body fluids. Caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up a patient’s body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers.
- Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.
Symptoms of OverdosageVANDETANIB over-dosage can result in: Loose Motion
Common Side-EffectsVANDETANIB : Nosebleeds, Breathlessness, Dry Skin, Skin Rash, Itchy Skin, Diarrhoea, Head Headache, Ear Pounding, Abdomen Stomach Cramps, Nausea, Loss Of Appetite, Runny Nose, Sneezing, Throat Soreness, Abdomen Pain, Cough, Dizziness, Fatigue (tiredness), Chest Discomfort, Fingers Blue Colored Skin, Irregular Heartbeat, Slow Or Irregular Breathing, Lightheadedness, Weight Gain, Face Swelling, Fingers Swelling, Feet Swelling, Belching, Joint Pain, Redness, Eyes Blurred Vision, Hair Loss
Serious Side-EffectsVANDETANIB : Heartburn, Depression, Pimples, Heart Failure, Blood Pressure, High, Blindness, Gums Bleeding, Chest Pain, Body Pain, Cloudy Urine With Strong Odor, Confusion, Bloody Or Red Colored Vomit, Difficulty Breathing, Difficulty Swallowing, Loss Of Voice, Irregular Heartbeat, Vagina Bleeding, Hands Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (painful), Arms Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (painful), Feet Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (painful), Legs Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (painful), Mouth Tingling, Black (tar) Colored Stools, Dark Colored (brown) Urine, Rapid Heart Rate (pulse), Belching, Decreased Appetite, Decreased Taste, Body Discoloration, Abdomen Discomfort, Difficulty Sleeping
Rare Side-EffectsVANDETANIB : Indigestion, Interstitial Lung Disease, Abdomen Bloating Or Fullness, Constipation, Decreased Urination, Eyes Yellow Eyes, Shortness Of Breath, Eyes Change In Vision, Slow Thinking
Disease InteractionsVANDETANIB can interfere with: Heart Arrhythmias, Interstitial Lung Disease, Congestive Heart Disease, Acute Liver Failure, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Ischemic Heart Disease, Acute Renal Failure, Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome
Technical ClassificationVANDETANIB is categorized as:
- EGFR INHIBITORS / ANTINEOPLASTICS
- MULTIKINASE INHIBITORS / ANTINEOPLASTICS
- VEGF/VEGFR INHIBITORS / ANTINEOPLASTICS
Storage ConditionsRoom Temperature (Between 15 To 25 C)
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