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Drug interactions between pazopanib and sunitinib

Results for the following 2 drugs:
pazopanib
sunitinib

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

SUNItinib PAZOPanib

Applies to: sunitinib and pazopanib

Using SUNItinib together with PAZOPanib can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect. You may be more susceptible if you have a heart condition called congenital long QT syndrome, other cardiac diseases, conduction abnormalities, or electrolyte disturbances (for example, magnesium or potassium loss due to severe or prolonged diarrhea or vomiting). Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations during treatment with these medications, whether together or alone. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Major

PAZOPanib food

Applies to: pazopanib

Do not consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice during treatment with PAZOPanib unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Grapefruit juice can increase the blood levels of PAZOPanib, which may lead to an increased risk of serious side effects such as liver damage, irregular heart rhythm, bleeding, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Taking PAZOPanib with food can also significantly increase its absorption and levels in the blood. Therefore, you should take PAZOPanib on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after eating. Call your doctor immediately if you develop fever, chills, joint pain or swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, itching, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dark colored urine, and/or yellowing of the skin or eyes, as these may be signs and symptoms of liver damage. You should also seek immediate medical attention if you experience signs and symptoms that could indicate cardiovascular problems such as sudden dizziness; lightheadedness; fainting; fast or pounding heartbeats; chest pain or tightness; pain in your arms, back, neck, or jaw; shortness of breath; numbness or weakness on one side of your body; and slurred speech or difficulty speaking. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Moderate

SUNItinib food

Applies to: sunitinib

SUNItinib may be taken with or without food. If you are receiving therapy with SUNItinib you should avoid the regular consumption of large amounts of grapefruits and grapefruit juice. Grapefruit can raise the levels of SUNItinib in your body and lead to increased side effects. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication

VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors' category:

  • pazopanib
  • sunitinib

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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