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Multi-Kinase Inhibitor Lenvima® Cancer-related

Lenvatinib - What is it for

Lenvatinib is used to treat thyroid, liver and kidney cancers that have spread to other parts of the body.

Lenvatinib - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Lenvatinib cause?

  • Increased blood pressure
    • Monitor your blood pressure regularly and record it down. Inform your doctor if you notice an increasing trend.
  • Feeling tired and lack of energy
    • Do not drive or operate machinery when you feel tired
  • Diarrhea
    • Drink plenty of clear fluids to replace those lost (two litres everyday)
  • Decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting
    • Take small, frequent meals throughout the day
  • Mouth sores or ulcers
    • Rinse your mouth after every meal using an alcohol-free mouthwash or salt water
    • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush
  • Voice hoarseness
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Weight loss
  • Joint or muscle ache, headache
    • You may take paracetamol when necessary to help with this
  • Palms of the hands or soles of the feet may become numb, sore, red or dr
    • Moisturize these areas daily
    • Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes

 If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

  • Abnormal heartbeat, chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Very bad swelling of hands, feet or lower legs
  • Dark urine or light coloured stools
  • Yellowing of your eyes or skin
  • Very bad diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
  • Pain while urinating
  • Abnormal muscle cramps or numbness
  • Unusual weakness, tiredness or lightheadedness
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, black sticky stools or blood in urine
  • Symptoms of a drug allergy including one or more of the following:
    • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

Before taking Lenvatinib , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You or your partners becomes pregnant or is planning for pregnancy
    • You should use effective birth control during and for at least one month after stopping treatment.
  • You are breastfeeding
    • Do not breastfeed during and for at least two weeks after stopping treatment
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications, and herbal remedies
  • You have any other medical conditions (e.g. heart problems, high blood pressure)
  • You have any recent or upcoming surgery

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Lenvatinib ?

​Avoid medications that are known to interfere with heart rhythms.

Lenvatinib - Dosage and How to Use

How should Lenvatinib be used?

  • Take Lenvatinib once a day. Take the exact dose that your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take it with or without food.
  • Do not break open or crush the capsules. Swallow the capsules whole. 
    • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have difficulty swallowing.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is less than 12 hours to your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses at the same time.

What should I do if I overdose?

Lenvatinib - Handling

How should I handle Lenvatinib safely?

Lenvatinib - Storage

How should I store Lenvatinib ?

;#Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Lenvatinib safely?

Pack Lenvatinib into a bag and bring it back to the pharmacy where you received the medication from.

Lenvatinib - Additional Information

  • Updated on 8/31/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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