Taking INLYTA
Important information to know as you start taking INLYTA

INLYTA is available as a tablet and offers the ease of being taken by mouth. Before starting INLYTA, it’s important to talk first with your doctor about any conditions you may have, as well as any medicines you might be taking.

Before taking INLYTA
Tell your doctor if you:
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have thyroid problems
  • Have liver problems
  • Have a history of blood clots in your veins or arteries (types of blood vessels), including stroke, heart attack, or change in vision
  • Have any bleeding problems
  • Have an unhealed wound
  • Plan to have surgery. You should stop taking INLYTA at least 24 hours before planned surgery
  • Have any other medical conditions
 
Prepare for your treatment.
The INLYTA Treatment Checklist is a tool to help you navigate your treatment. You can use it to record your dose, the medicines you are on, and contact information for your healthcare team.
For females, tell your doctor if you:
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Taking INLYTA during pregnancy may cause the death of an unborn baby or birth defects. You should not become pregnant while taking INLYTA. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are able to become pregnant. You should use effective birth control during your treatment with INLYTA. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods to prevent pregnancy while you are taking INLYTA
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if INLYTA passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take INLYTA or breastfeed. You should not do both
For males:
  • Use effective birth control during your treatment with INLYTA. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods
  • If your female partner becomes pregnant while you are taking INLYTA, tell your doctor right away

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. INLYTA and certain other medicines can affect each other causing serious side effects.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:
  • Dexamethasone
  • St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum)
 
Side effect tips
Not all side effects of INLYTA are manageable. But, there are steps your loved one and his or her doctor can take that may help ease some of the most common ones that may arise. For a list of management tips for certain common side effects, visit Side Effect Tips now.
Medicine for:
  • Asthma
  • Tuberculosis
  • Seizures
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Depression
  • HIV/AIDS

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one listed above. If you are taking any medicines for the conditions listed above, your doctor might need to prescribe a different medicine or your dose of INLYTA may need to be changed. Talk with your doctor before you start taking any new medicine.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Grapefruit-Free Zone
Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit. Grapefruit may increase the amount of INLYTA in your blood.
How to take INLYTA
INLYTA comes in 1-mg and 5-mg tablets. Your doctor will tell you which tablets you should take.
  • Take INLYTA exactly as prescribed by your doctor
  • Your doctor may change your dose if needed
  • INLYTA can be taken with or without food
  • Take INLYTA 2 times a day approximately 12 hours apart
  • Swallow INLYTA tablets whole with a glass of water
  • Your doctor should check your blood pressure regularly during treatment with INLYTA
  • If you vomit or miss a dose of INLYTA, take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time
  • If you take too much INLYTA, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
IMG MILIGRAMAS
Helpful reminders for taking each dose
  • Make medicine a part of your daily routine. Take your medicine every day at the same times, 12 hours apart. For example, you may want to take it when you wake up in the morning and just after dinner.
  • Use a weekly or monthly pill caddy. It can help you keep count of your tablets in advance, and to remember to take each day’s dosage.
  • Plan ahead. If possible, get your refills before your next treatment cycle starts.
  • Place your pill bottle in plain sight. Keep your medicine where you will see it, such as on your nightstand. Just make sure it is out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Always carry an extra dose with you. No matter where you are, you will always have your medicine on hand.
  • Use a calendar. Record your dosage times on a calendar or planner. You can then check off each dose as you take it.
  • Use a journal to track your medicine and when it is time to take it. You can also use it to track symptoms and side effects for doctor visits.
  • Ask for a reminder. A caregiver, friend, or family member can help remind you to take each dose of your medicine. Just ask.
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Important safety information

Before you take INLYTA, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have any bleeding problems
  • Have thyroid problems
  • Have an unhealed wound
  • Have liver problems
  • Plan to have surgery. You should stop taking INLYTA at least 24 hours before planned surgery
  • Have a history of blood clots in your veins or arteries, including stroke, heart attack, or change in vision
  • Have any other medical conditions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. INLYTA and certain other medicines can affect each other causing serious side effects. Talk with your doctor before you start taking any new medicine. Especially tell your doctor if you take dexamethasone, St. John's Wort (hypericum perforatum), or medicine for asthma, bacterial infections, depression, tuberculosis, fungal infections, HIV/AIDS, or seizures.

Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women should not take INLYTA if they are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. Taking INLYTA during pregnancy may cause death of an unborn baby or birth defects. Both men and women taking INLYTA should use effective birth control during treatment with INLYTA. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods, or if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

INLYTA may cause serious side effects, including:

High blood pressure (hypertension). In a clinical study, hypertension occurred as early as 4 days into treatment. On average, this increase was seen within the first month of treatment. Your doctor should check your blood pressure regularly during treatment with INLYTA.
If you develop blood pressure problems, your doctor may prescribe medicine to treat your high blood pressure, lower your dose, or stop your treatment with INLYTA

Thyroid gland problems. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your thyroid gland function before and during your treatment with INLYTA. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms during your treatment with INLYTA:

  • Tiredness that worsens or that does not go away
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Hair loss
  • Your voice deepens
  • Muscle cramps and aches

Problem with blood clots in your veins or arteries. Get emergency help and call your doctor if you get any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Trouble talking
  • Pain in your arms, back, neck or jaw
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vision changes
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body

Bleeding. INLYTA can cause bleeding which can be serious, and sometimes lead to death. Call your doctor or get medical help if you develop any bleeding, including:

  • Unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time, such as:
  • Unusual bleeding from the gums
  • Bruises that happen without a known cause or get larger
  • Menstrual bleeding or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
  • Cough up blood or blood clots
  • Vomit blood or your vomit looks like "coffee grounds"
  • Bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
  • Unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
  • Pink or brown urine
  • Headaches, feeling dizzy or weak
  • Red or black stools (looks like tar)

Tear in your stomach or intestinal wall (perforation). Because this can be serious and sometimes lead to death, get medical help right away if you get the following symptoms:

  • Severe stomach (abdominal) pain or stomach pain that does not go away
  • Vomit blood
  • Red or black stools

Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome (RPLS). A condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) can happen while taking INLYTA. Call you doctor right away if you get:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Blindness or change in vision
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Problems thinking
  • Weakness

Increased protein in your urine. Your doctor should check your urine for protein before and during your treatment with INLYTA. If you develop protein in your urine, your doctor may decrease your dose of INLYTA or stop your treatment

Change in liver function. Your doctor should do blood tests before and during your treatment with INLYTA to check your liver function

The most common side effects of INLYTA include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Decreased weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Hoarseness
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness or feeling weak
  • Rash, redness, itching or peeling of your skin on your hands or feet
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of INLYTA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

INDICATION

INLYTA is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced kidney cancer (advanced renal cell carcinoma or RCC) when one prior drug treatment for this disease has not worked or has stopped working.

Please see Full Prescribing Information and Patient Information, including a complete discussion of the risks of INLYTA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.