Lenvatinib is used to treat certain kinds of cancer such as:
- A type of cancer that is progressing and can no longer be treated with radioactive iodine called Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC)
- A type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
- A type of kidney cancer called advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC)
This medication may be used alone or with other medications to treat a certain condition.
How does Lenvatinib work?
Lenvatinib targets and binds to the tyrosine kinase receptors. They inhibit vascular epidermal growth factor receptor and vascular endothelial growth factor. This medication also prevents other kinase receptors that have been implicated in tumor growth, pathogenic angiogenesis, and cancer progression. In addition to their normal cellular functions, it includes platelet-derived growth, fibroblast growth factor receptors, and KIT and RET on the surface of the cell. By binding to these receptors, Lenvatinib blocks important pathways that promote cell division.
Why use Lenvatinib?
Lenvatinib is known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors. These blocks the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to grow and develop. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lenvatinib comes as a capsule for oral use that contains 4 mg or 10 mg of Lenvatinib mesylate. It is a white to pale reddish yellow powder that is slightly soluble in water.
How to use Lenvatinib?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. It is very important that you follow the directions that are given by your doctor. Do not take more or less than the prescription.
Lenvatinib is to be taken by mouth. Swallow the capsule as a whole with a full glass of water. Usually, this medicine is taken once a day. You may take each dose with or without a meal. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.
What are the side effects of Lenvatinib?
- Muscle or joint pain
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Mouth pain
- Swelling of the feet or hands
- Dry mouth
- Changes in the sense of taste
- Hair loss
- Lack of energy or weakness
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have a medical history, current medication, or allergies.
- Do not use this to treat another condition without the permission of your doctor.
- For those women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, you should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the capsule.
- This is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.