Afinitor Disperz

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What is Afinitor Disperz?

Common Brand(s): Afinitor Disperz

Everolimus is used to treat a certain type of benign (non-cancerous) brain tumor in people with a certain genetic disorder (tuberous sclerosis complex). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of tumor cells. Everolimus is also used with other medications to treat certain types of seizures in people with tuberous sclerosis complex. Everolimus may reduce the number of seizures you have.

Uses

  • subependymal giant cell astrocytoma associated with tuberous sclerosis
  • adjunct therapy for partial-onset seizure associated with tuberous sclerosis

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking everolimus and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not change dosage forms of this medication without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. You may take this medication with or without food, but it is important to choose one way and take this medication the same way with every dose.

Do not swallow the tablet whole. This medication must be dispersed in water before swallowing. If another person is helping you prepare this medication, he/she should wear gloves while preparing each dose to avoid possible contact with everolimus.

Do not disperse more than 10 milligrams total at a time. You may use an oral syringe or a drinking glass (see instructions in the package). If you are using an oral syringe, place the medication into a 10-milliliter syringe. Do not break or crush the tablet(s). Draw 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of water into the syringe. Place the filled syringe into a container (tip up) for 3 minutes to allow the tablet(s) to disperse. Gently swirl the syringe 5 times before taking the medication. To make sure you have taken the whole dose, draw another teaspoon (5 milliliters) of water into the syringe, swirl, and take the rest of the mixture.

If you are using a drinking glass, place the medication in a glass with about 5 teaspoons (25 milliliters) of water. Do not use other liquids. Do not break or crush the tablet(s). After 3 minutes, stir the mixture gently with a spoon, then drink all of the mixture right away. To make sure you have taken the whole dose, add another 5 teaspoons (25 milliliters) of water to the glass to rinse it, and drink all the rinse water.

Take this medication within 60 minutes of mixing.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, response to treatment, laboratory tests, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase.

Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

Storage

Store in the original container at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard mixture if not taken after 60 minutes.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.