AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer (advanced HR+ BC), along with the medicine exemestane, in postmenopausal women who have already received certain other medicines for their cancer.
AFINITOR is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with advanced kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma or RCC) when certain other medicines have not worked.
AFINITOR is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a type of pancreatic cancer known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) that has progressed and cannot be treated with surgery. AFINITOR is not for use in people with carcinoid tumors that actively produce hormones.
AFINITOR is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a kidney tumor called angiomyolipoma, seen with a genetic condition called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), when their kidney tumor does not require surgery right away. The effectiveness of AFINITOR in treating angiomyolipoma of the kidney is based on a study of patients treated over an average of 8.3 months. More information is needed to understand the long-term effects of treatment with AFINITOR.
AFINITOR and AFINITOR DISPERZ™ (everolimus tablets for oral suspension) are prescription medicines used to treat adults and children with a genetic condition called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) who have a brain tumor called subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) when the tumor cannot be removed completely by surgery. The effectiveness of AFINITOR is based on a change in SEGA size. Improvement in disease-related symptoms or overall survival has not been shown.
Patients should not take AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ if they are allergic to AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ or to any of its ingredients. Patients should tell their health care provider before taking AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ if they are allergic to sirolimus (Rapamune®) or temsirolimus (Torisel®).
AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ can cause serious side effects that can even lead to death. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ for a while or use a lower dose. Patients should follow their health care provider's instructions. Serious side effects include:
In some patients, lung or breathing problems may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have any of these symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or wheezing.
AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ may make patients more likely to develop an infection, such as pneumonia, or a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. Viral infections may include reactivation of hepatitis B in people who have had hepatitis B in the past. In some people, these infections may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients may need to be treated as soon as possible. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have a temperature of 100.5°F or above, have chills, or do not feel well. Symptoms of hepatitis B or infection may include the following: fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain and inflammation, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools or dark urine, yellowing of the skin, or pain in the upper right side of the stomach.
Patients who take an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine during treatment with AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ are at a possible increased risk for a type of allergic reaction called angioedema. Talk with your health care provider before taking AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ if you are not sure if you take an ACE inhibitor medicine. Get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing or develop swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat during treatment with AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ.
Patients taking AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ may develop kidney failure. In some people, this may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should have tests to check their kidney function before and during their treatment with AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ.
AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well. Call your health care provider right away if your incision is red, warm, or painful; if you have blood, fluid, or pus in your incision; if your incision opens up; or if your incision swells.
Before taking AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects. Keep a list of medicines you take and show it to your health care provider when you get a new medicine. Especially tell your health care provider if you take St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), medicines that weaken your immune system (your body's ability to fight infections and other problems), or medicines for:
If you are taking any medicines for the conditions listed above, your health care provider might need to prescribe a different medicine or your dose of AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ may need to be changed. Tell your health care provider before you start taking any new medicine.
Common side effects include mouth ulcers. AFINITOR or AFINITOR DISPERZ can cause mouth ulcers and sores. Tell your health care provider if you have pain, discomfort, or open sores in your mouth. Your health care provider may tell you to use a special mouthwash or gel that does not contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or thyme.
Other common side effects include: