Generic Name(s): Pazopanib
Drug Class: Kinase inhibitors
Treats: Kidney cancer, soft tissue sarcoma
Votrient is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.You should not use Votrient if you have a severe liver disease because it may cause severe or life-threatening liver problems. You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function. You should not use Votrient if you are allergic to pazopanib.
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Votrient is also used to treat soft tissue sarcoma (a tumor that can develop in or around the muscles, tendons, joints, organs, or blood vessels). Votrient is usually given after other cancer medications have been tried without successful treatment of soft tissue sarcoma. Votrient is used to treat advanced Renal cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer) whereby it works by interfering with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Votrient can lower blood cells that help your body to fight infections and help your blood to clot. You may get an infection or bleed more easily. Below you will find the uses of Votrient.
- Kidney cancer
- Soft tissue sarcoma
Dosage of Votrient depends on the individual and the condition being treated. It is always very important to follow all the doctor's instructions regarding the dosage and the timing. If you miss a dose of Votrient, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 12 hours away. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. In case of an overdose, contact your doctor or a healthcare professional immediately. Below is the dosage information of Votrient as recommended:
- The recommended dose for renal cell carcinoma is 800 mg orally once daily without food.
- The recommended adult dose for soft tissue sarcoma is 800 mg orally once daily. The dose should not exceed 800 mg.
Votrient Side Effects
Like any drug, Votrient may cause side effects. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately. Mild side effects should dissipate with time and do not require medical attention. Below you will find a list of side effect associated with Votrient. Note that not all possible side effects are listed. More common:
- bleeding gums
- cloudy urine
- coughing up blood
- loss of appetite
- dry skin and hair
- feeling cold
- hair loss
- chest pain
- muscle cramps
- nausea and vomiting
- irregular heartbeat
- trouble speaking
- chest discomfort
- bloody nose
- acidic or sour stomach
Like any drug, Votrient may interact with other drugs and substances. Drug interactions may cause an increased risk of side effects or change the way your medication works. You should tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, including over the counter drugs. Herbal supplements and vitamins may also interact with Votrient. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with Votrient. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.