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Avapritinib

Generic Name: avapritinib (A va PRI ti nib)
Brand Name: Ayvakit

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jun 3, 2020 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is avapritinib?

Avapritinib is used in adults to treat a certain type of cancer that affects the stomach, esophagus, or intestines. avapritinib is used when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) or cannot be removed with surgery.

Avapritinib is used only if your cancer has a specific genetic marker (an abnormal "PDGFRA" gene). Your doctor will test you for this gene.

Avapritinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You may need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this treatment.

Both men and women using avapritinib should use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy. Avapritinib can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects if the mother or father is using this medicine.

Keep using birth control for at least 6 weeks after your last dose. Tell your doctor right away if a pregnancy occurs while either the mother or the father is using avapritinib.

Do not breastfeed while using this medicine, and for at least 2 weeks after your last dose.

How should I take avapritinib?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take avapritinib on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

If you vomit shortly after taking avapritinib, do not take another dose. Wait until your next scheduled dose time to take the medicine again.

Do not change your dose or stop taking avapritinib without your doctor's advice.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if your next dose is due in less than 8 hours. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking avapritinib?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how avapritinib will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Avapritinib side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a severe headache, vision problems;

  • unusual changes in mood or behavior;

  • problems with speech, thinking, or memory;

  • confusion, hallucinations (seeing objects or hearing things that are not real);

  • severe drowsiness or dizziness;

  • trouble sleeping; or

  • severe weakness on one side of your body.

Your cancer treatments may be delayed or permanently discontinued if you have certain side effects.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Avapritinib dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Stomach Cancer:

300 mg orally once a day until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity

Use: For the treatment of adults with unresectable or metastatic GIST harboring a
platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) exon 18 mutation, including PDGFRA D842V mutations

What other drugs will affect avapritinib?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Other drugs may affect avapritinib, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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