Generic Name: Pazopanib (paz OH pa nib)
Brand Name: Votrient
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with pazopanib. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
Uses of Pazopanib:
- It is used to treat kidney cancer.
- It is used to treat soft tissue sarcoma.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Pazopanib?
- If you have an allergy to pazopanib or any other part of pazopanib.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have liver disease.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Cimetidine, dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, famotidine, lansoprazole, nizatidine, omeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, or ranitidine.
- If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with pazopanib, like certain drugs that are used for HIV, infections, or seizures. There are many drugs that must not be taken with pazopanib.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take pazopanib and for 2 weeks after your last dose.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with pazopanib.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take pazopanib with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Pazopanib?
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any other cancer drugs. The chance of very bad and sometimes deadly side effects may be raised. Talk with your doctor.
- You may have more of a chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Some infections have been very bad and even deadly.
- Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection like fever, chills, flu-like signs, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or a wound that will not heal.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly brain problem called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) has happened with pazopanib. Call your doctor right away if you have signs like feeling confused, lowered alertness, change in eyesight, loss of eyesight, seizures, or very bad headache.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly holes in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract or fistulas have happened with pazopanib. Talk with the doctor.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly bleeding problems have happened with pazopanib. Talk with the doctor.
- Blood clots have happened with pazopanib. Sometimes, blood clots like heart attack and stroke have been deadly. Talk with the doctor.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly blood problems like thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura/hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP/HUS) have happened with pazopanib in some people. Call your doctor right away if you feel very tired or weak or have any bruising or bleeding; dark urine or yellow skin or eyes; pale skin; change in the amount of urine passed; change in eyesight; change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, or change in balance; or fever.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly lung problems have happened with pazopanib. Call your doctor right away if you have lung or breathing problems that are new or worse like cough or shortness of breath.
- This medicine may affect fertility. Fertility problems may lead to not being able to get pregnant or father a child. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are a man and have sex with a female who could get pregnant, protect her from pregnancy during care and for 2 weeks after stopping pazopanib. Use birth control that you can trust.
- If you are a man and your sex partner gets pregnant while you take pazopanib or within 2 weeks after your last dose, call your doctor right away.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- If you are able to get pregnant, a pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting pazopanib. Talk with your doctor.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking pazopanib and for at least 2 weeks after stopping the drug.
- If you get pregnant while taking pazopanib or within 2 weeks after your last dose, call your doctor right away.
How is this medicine (Pazopanib) best taken?
Use pazopanib as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Do not take antacids at the same time as pazopanib. Talk with your doctor.
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking pazopanib as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take pazopanib. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- High blood pressure has happened with pazopanib. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- You may need to have an ECG checked before starting pazopanib and while taking it. Talk with your doctor.
- Have your urine checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- If you have upset stomach, throwing up, loose stools (diarrhea), or are not hungry, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects.
- This medicine may affect how wounds heal. If you need to have surgery, you may need to stop pazopanib before surgery. Start taking it again after surgery as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
- If you are 65 or older, use pazopanib with care. You could have more side effects.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is less than 12 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of low thyroid levels like hard stools (constipation); not able to handle cold; memory problems; mood changes; or a burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Signs of electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, seizures, not hungry, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Redness or irritation of the palms of hands or soles of feet.
- Swelling of belly.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Heart problems like heart failure and a certain abnormal heartbeat (prolonged QT interval) have happened with pazopanib. Sometimes, these heart problems have been deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have a fast or abnormal heartbeat; very bad dizziness or passing out; or shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
What are some other side effects of Pazopanib?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Stomach pain.
- Not hungry.
- Change in taste.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Change in color of skin.
- Change in color of hair.
- Hair loss.
- Muscle pain.
- Bone pain.
- Weight loss.
- Not able to sleep.
- Change in nails.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Pazopanib?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time pazopanib is refilled. If you have any questions about pazopanib, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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Other brands: Votrient