What is Sorafenib?
Sorafenib (Sorafenat) is a new medicine used to treat a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, especially in cases where the cancer cannot be surgically removed. It can also be used to treat advanced renal cell carcinoma (a type of kidney cancer) and some cases of thyroid cancer. Sorafenib works by blocking certain abnormal proteins that trigger cancer cell reproduction. Sorafenib (Sorafenat) belongs to a group of medicines called kinase inhibitors and works by blocking certain abnormal proteins that trigger cancer cell reproduction.
How is Sorafenat?
Sorafenat will usually be taken at a dosage of 200mg twice daily. Follow the instrucation provided by your doctor. Swallow each tablet whole with a glass of water on an empty stomach.
Your doctor will outline a timeframe to take sorefenib. Do not stop taking it early if you begin to feel better.
Sorefenib can result in some side effects.
The following side effects are common. They will often be mild and temporary. Tell your doctor if they persist.
- skin redness
- hair loss
- dry or peeling skin
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
- weight loss
- joint pain
- numbness, pain or tingling in hands or feet
Tell you doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects while taking Sorefenib:
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- black and/or tarry stools
- red blood in stools
- bloody vomit
- vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
- severe stomach pain
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- dizziness or fainting
- sweating a lot
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- sudden severe headache
- changes in vision
- redness, pain, swelling or blisters on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
- mouth sores
- dark urine
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- pain in the upper right part of the stomach
If you have any allergies, especially to any medicines, you must tell your doctor before taking Sorefenib. Also tell you doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medicinces you are currently taking.
Sorefenib may not be a suitable treatment if you have high blood pressure, bleeding problems, chest pain, heart problems, kidney problems other than kidney cancer, or liver disease. Check with your dcotr if you suffer from any of these.
Sorefenib can decrease fertility, so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.