SUTENT Medication Information
SUTENT® (sunitinib) is a prescription drug used to treat certain types of cancer, including cancer of the:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
By blocking an enzyme within the body, this chemotherapy medication slows the growth of cancer cells. However, it is not a cure for cancer. SUTENT comes in the form of a capsule and is taken once a day. The capsules should be swallowed whole; do not crush, chew, cut, or open them.
In general, this product is a safe, effective medication; however, SUTENT is not suitable for everyone. For example, people with liver disease, thyroid problems, or certain allergies may need to consider a different form of chemotherapy. In addition, side effects are possible -- common ones include diarrhea, lack of energy, and nausea.
(For more information on this medication, click SUTENT. This article discusses other potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible overdose symptoms, and more.)