Inlyta (Axitinib) belongs to the class of medications called cancer-fighting medications known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors. This medication is used for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Inlyta is used if all other treatments have not been effective. Axitinib works by slowing or stopping the growth of blood vessels that feed nutrients to cancer cells. Axitinib can help reduce the size of tumours.
Inlyta is available from Canada manufactured by Pfizer. There is no generic available for this medication. Inlyta is available in the strength of 1 mg and 5 mg tablets.
The common side effects may include:
• Altered sense of taste;
• Hair loss;
• Loss of appetite;
• Tiredness or weakness;
• Upset stomach;
• Weight loss
Inform your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects such as:
• High blood pressure;
• Rash, redness, itching, peeling or burning of your skin;
• Signs of anemia;
• Signs of blood clot;
• Unexplained bleeding;
• Vision changes
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Inlyta if you are allergic to Axitinib or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you dizzy. You should not drive, use machinery or do anything that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. Inlyta can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby. Pregnant women or women who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. This medication should not be used during pregnancy. Both males and females must use a reliable form of birth control to avoid pregnancy during treatment. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. You should not breast-feed while using this medication. There may be a drug interaction between Inlyta and other medications such as azole antifungals, HIV protease inhibitors, rifamycins, drugs to treat seizures, etc.