Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Stivarga include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day in the morning.
- Stivarga should be taken with a low-fat breakfast that contains less than 30 percent fat.
- You should take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- Do not cut, crush, or break Stivarga tablets; make sure to swallow them whole.
- Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication, as it may increase the amount of Stivarga in your body.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better.
The dose of Stivarga your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending on how you tolerate the medication. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Stivarga Dosage for more information.)
Just like any chemotherapy medicine, Stivarga can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Some of the more common side effects seen with Stivarga include but are not limited to:
- Weakness, lack of strength, and fatigue
- Decreased appetite
- Redness, pain, or blisters on the skin
- Mouth sores and inflammation.
(Click Stivarga Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)