What Should I Pay Attention to When Taking Afinitor?

Q: I’m going to take Afinitor to treat my breast cancer. What should I pay attention to?

A: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Afinitor (chemical name: everolimus) is approved to be used with Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane) to treat breast cancer for postmenopausal women who has already been treated with Femara (chemical name: letrozole) or Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole).Afinitor is usually used to treat breast cancer that is advanced-stage, hormone-receptor-positive, HER2-negative. Both Afinitor and Aromasin are taken by mouth at the same time every day. It needn’t be taken with food. Keep taking these two medicines if the medicines can work to improve your health.

Please notice that pregnant women or those who plan to get pregnant should not take Afinitor. There is a possibility to do harm to unborn babies. At the same, women must use effective birth control so that they will not get pregnant while they are taking these medicines. Plans for pregnancy can only be considered more than 8 weeks after the end of the medication. Likewise, if the patient who plans to do something to treat her breast cancer is breastfeeding or plans to breastfeed should not take Afinitor.

By taking Afinitor, the patient is likely to have some side effects. Some of the side effects are not serious, including rash, fatigue, diarrhea and decreased appetite, while others may seem more serious like Lung and breathing problems and Kidney failure.



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