Side Effects of Volantis are Weakness, Sinus inflammation, Infection, Fever, Cough, Fatigue, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Otitis media (infection of ear), Diarrhea, Upper respiratory tract infection.
Q. Is any monitoring required while taking Volantis?
Regular monitoring is required while you are on Volantis. The doctor will advise blood tests to see the counts of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets since the counts may decrease during treatment with Volantis. Also, blood tests will be required to check your kidney function, liver function, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol levels.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Volantis?
You should avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking Volantis. This is because taking them together may increase the levels of Volantis in your blood to harmful levels. Avoid the use of live vaccinations and any possible contact with individuals who have received live vaccinations.
Q. What is the most important information I need to know about Volantis?
Volantis can cause serious side effects which include severe allergic reactions, angioedema, and kidney failure which can be severe and can lead to death. It is possible that you may develop an infection or problems related to lung such as breathing problems.
Q. Is Volantis a chemotherapy?
Volantis is an anticancer medicine. It belongs to kinase inhibitor class of medicines. It works by reducing the blood supply to the tumor, which slows down the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Q. How is Volantis administered?
Usually, Volantis is taken once or twice daily. The medicine should always either be taken with food or always be taken without food. Volantis should be swallowed whole with water and should not be crushed or chewed.
Q. How long can you take Volantis?
There is no definite duration of treatment with Volantis. Volantis is continued till clinical benefit is seen or unacceptable toxicity or side effects occur.
Q. How will I know that Volantis is shrinking my brain tumor?
The effect of Volantis in shrinking the size of tumor can only be checked by getting regular brain scans. It should be done as advised by your doctor and your treatment plan.
Q. Is Volantis cytotoxic?
Yes, Volantis is cytotoxic against human cancer cells of breast, stomach, prostate, and kidneys (renal cell carcinoma).
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.