Afinitor, also known as everolimus, is a medication used to treat certain types of cancer, such as kidney, breast, pancreas, lung, stomach and intestinal cancers. Everolimus is also used to treat benign tumors in the brain or kidneys in those with tuberous sclerosis complex, which is a genetic disorder.
Everolimus blocks an enzyme in the body that is responsible for the control of cell division and the growth of blood vessels. Afinitor prevents the division of cancer cells and reduces blood supplies to tumors, which slows down the growth and spread of certain cancers.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You should also know:
Common side effects of Afinitor include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of everolimus:
Can pregnant women take this drug?
It is always important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before starting a new medication. It is not advised to take everolimus because it can harm an unborn baby. This drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and pregnant women should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk, but it is recommended to avoid breast-feeding for at least 2 weeks after stopping treatment.