... Good Day, My husband is set to start his Votrient treatment today. I am a bit nervous due to all the possible side effects. This is the second time his spindle cell sarcoma has reappeared. He has had a lobectomy on his right lung in February. The chemo treatment he was on since then did not work. The dr's have said there is not cure for him, but they have high hopes to control the growth of the tumors. My basic question is this: How long can someone be on this drug? If it does work how quickly can the effect be noted? Any answers will be appreciated. Thank you
I can find no time info at all. There is nothing in prescribing info to indicate use only for so many days. As far as side effects, his dr will follow him with blood studies and possibly ekgs to avoid the worst ones. Remember that most of those side effects have a less then 1% occurrence. There is no way of knowing if he'll even have any of them.
Side effects of this can very person to person.
Common ones are diarrhea,tastebud changes, tiredness, anywhere form 60-80% of patients have these three.
My wife has been on Votrient for about 9-1/2 cycles now and is responding very well, her Oncologist checks blood work monthly.
I've been on it for 15 months with an occasional week break here and there. My tumors disappeared after 6 months. Originally I started at 800mg but about 6 months ago I was reduced to 600mg without any tumor growth in my lungs or in my chest cavity.
As far as side effects, I've experienced extremely high blood pressure and take additional meds to keep it under control. Weakness, fatigue and blurred vision are also an issue. Every two or three weeks I take a break for the weekend - it's long enough for the side-effects to lighten.
I was on Votrient for 4 years. There was a slight increase in the size of my tumor toward the end.
- Votrient Information for Consumers
- Votrient Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Votrient (detailed)
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