October 25, 2014
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Inlyta

(axitinib)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02389630 INLYTA 1MG TABLET
02389649 INLYTA 5MG TABLET

How does Inlyta work? What will it do for me?

Axitinib belongs to the group of cancer-fighting medications known as antineoplastics and more specifically to a class of medications called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. These medications disrupt cell communication to slow the growth of blood vessels that feed nutrients to cancer cells. By slowing the growth of these blood vessels, axitinib can help reduce the size of tumours, which are collections of cancer cells.

Axitinib is used to treat kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, called metastatic renal cell carcinoma, after other treatments have been tried.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Inlyta?

The recommended starting dose of axitinib is 5 mg taken by mouth twice daily. Your doctor may adjust your dose depending on how you tolerate axitinib. Daily doses should not exceed 20 mg. Axitinib can be taken with or without food. Do not take axitinib with grapefruit juice, since it may interact with axitinib

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose or vomit after a dose, skip the missed or vomited dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature (between 15°C and 30°C) and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Inlyta come in?

1 mg
Each red, film-coated, oval tablet debossed with "Pfizer" on one side and "1 XNB" on the other contains axitinib 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and Opadry II red; Opadry II red film coating: HPMC 2910/Hypromellose 15cP, lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide, triacetin (glycerol triacetate) and red iron oxide.

5 mg
Each red, film-coated, triangular tablet debossed with "Pfizer" on one side and "5 XNB" on the other contains axitinib 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and Opadry II red; Opadry II red film coating: HPMC 2910/Hypromellose 15cP, lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide, triacetin (glycerol triacetate) and red iron oxide.

Who should NOT take Inlyta?

Do not use axitinib if you:

  • are allergic to axitinib or any ingredients of the medication
  • are pregnant

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