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Suninat 50 Capsule

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Overview

Introduction of Suninat Capsule

Suninat 50 Capsule is used in the treatment of kidney cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumour.

Suninat 50 Capsule should be taken in a dose as recommended by the doctor. You should continue to take it as long as your doctor advises for it. The duration of treatment varies according to your need and response to treatment. Doctor may advice for regular monitoring of blood pressure and thyroid gland function while taking Suninat 50 Capsule.

Women should use effective contraception method and avoid pregnancy during and a month after the treatment. Suninat 50 Capsule may decrease blood sugar levels. In fact, the levels can decrease to the extent that the patient may faint. So, if you are diabetic then it is important to check your blood sugar levels regularly. Additionally, you should also consult the doctor if the dose of anti-diabetic medicines need to be adjusted. This medicine may affect wound healing time, so be careful while shaving, cutting fingernails or using sharp objects. It may also cause diarrhea, weight loss, and rash as its side effects.

Suninat Capsule side effects

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • Discoloration of skin
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Dry skin
  • Bleeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Painful blisters on hands and feet
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  • Hair discolouration
  • Pain in extremity
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Cough
  • Taste change
  • Indigestion
  • Shortness of breath

How to use Suninat Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Suninat 50 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Suninat Capsule works

Suninat 50 Capsule is an anti-cancer medication. It works by binding and blocking certain cell surface protein (tyrosine kinase) responsible for the propagation of cancer growth. It also restricts the growth of new blood vessels within the tumor. This is how it prevents the proliferation of malignant cancers.

Suninat Capsule related warnings

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Suninat 50 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Suninat 50 Capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Suninat 50 Capsule is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Suninat 50 Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Suninat 50 Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Suninat 50 Capsule is recommended.
Liver
CAUTION
Suninat 50 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Suninat 50 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on the use of Suninat 50 Capsule in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Suninat Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Suninat 50 Capsule, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Suninat 50 Capsule is used for the treatment of thyroid cancer.
  • Take it with or without food, preferably at the same time each day.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Drink plenty of fluids and inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine and for a month after you stop taking it.
  • It may affect wound healing time. Be careful while shaving, cutting fingernails or toenails, or using sharp objects.
  • Monitor your blood pressure regularly while taking this medication. Inform your doctor if you notice symptoms of very high blood pressure such as severe headache, confusion, problems with your eyesight, nausea or vomiting.
  • Monitoring of thyroid gland function is required while taking this medicine.  Inform your doctor if you notice symptoms of weight gain, dry skin, and hair.
  • It may cause serious bleeding problem. Inform your doctor if you get headaches, stomach pain or if you notice blood in your urine or stools.
  • Inform your doctor about the consumption of Suninat 50 Capsule before going for surgical procedure.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Suninat

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From last two months i found a pimple type on inner side of my lower lil. There is no pain in iIs there any risk of cancer
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Cancer Specialist
No risk for tumour
I have a feeling of lump near my rectum which obtruct partially for 3 will that be cancer?
Dr. Sundaresan C.
Cancer Specialist
Kindly get a proctoscopy done by surgical gastroenterologist and review with reports to rule out any tumour growth
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FAQs

Q. How should I take Suninat?

You should take Suninat exactly as directed by your doctor. It should be started by doctors who have experience in administering cancer medicines. Take it once a day with or without food. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with Suninat, as the chances of side effects may be more.

Q. Does Suninat have any effect on skin and hair?

During treatment with Suninat, your skin may get lighter and there may be hair loss. Also, patient may experience dryness, thickness or cracking of the skin, blisters, or rashes on the palms and soles. But, these side effects are reversible and go away once the medicine is stopped. Suninat may also cause serious skin reactions such as severe rash or rapidly spreading skin ulceration which could be fatal. Therefore, inform your doctor immediately if symptoms of infection occur around a skin injury. Let your doctor know if you have fever, pain, redness, swelling, or drainage of pus or blood.

Q. What is the most important thing I need to know about Suninat?

Suninat can cause serious side effects such as severe liver problems that can lead to death. Therefore, tell your doctor right away if you experience itching, yellow eyes or skin, dark urine or pain or discomfort in the right upper stomach area. Your doctor will get blood tests done to check your liver function before and during treatment with Suninat. In case you develop liver problems, your doctor may stop the medicine temporarily or permanently.

Q. Are generics available for Suninat? How does Suninat work?

There are no generics available for Suninat. Suninat blocks an enzyme which promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells. This enzyme is called protein kinase and is present on the surface of cancer cells. Blocking this enzyme stops the spread of cancer. Examples of other protein kinase inhibitors are erlotinib, gefitinib, lapatinib, vemurafenib and dasatinib.

Q. Can Suninat be used in combination with other chemotherapy medicines?

There are no studies that support the use of Suninat with other chemotherapy medicines. For example, Suninat is used in Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST), a type of cancer of the stomach and bowel, when imatinib (another anticancer medicine) no longer works or the patient cannot take imatinib.

Q. Does Suninat have any effect on blood sugar levels in diabetics?

Yes, Suninat may decrease your blood sugar levels. Therefore, if you are a diabetic, you need to be extra careful since your blood sugar levels may become so low that you may become unconscious. Keep a regular check on the blood sugar levels, based on which your dose of anti-diabetics may be changed.

Q. Can Suninat cause any change in blood pressure?

Generally, Suninat is known to cause an increase in blood pressure. Therefore, it is important that you keep a regular check on your blood pressure levels. Inform your doctor if you have severe headache, dizziness, lightheadedness or change in vision. Your doctor may prescribe a medicine to treat the increase blood pressure or may stop your treatment temporarily till your blood pressure returns to normal.

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