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Frequently Asked Questions

AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets

In this section you will find answers to questions commonly asked by patients who have been prescribed AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets.

Questions About Neuroendocrine Tumors

Progression means that the tumor has become worse or spread from where it started in the lung. Lung neuroendocrine tumors (NET) tend to be slow growing and patients may have no noticeable symptoms. By the time most patients are diagnosed, their lung NET has progressed.

Lung NET is a rare form of cancer that starts in the lung. Other common terms for progressive lung NET are pulmonary NET and lung carcinoid tumors.

Questions About AFINITOR

Take AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets once a day at the same time each day. AFINITOR is a prescription medicine that is a once-daily oral tablet. Your doctor will prescribe the dose of AFINITOR that is right for you. Take AFINITOR exactly as prescribed by your doctor. When you start treatment with AFINITOR, your health care provider may also prescribe a mouthwash to reduce the likelihood of getting mouth ulcers or sores and to reduce their severity. Follow your health care provider’s instructions on how to use this prescription mouthwash. Your doctor may change your dose or tell you to temporarily interrupt dosing, if needed.

Swallow AFINITOR tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not take any tablet that is broken or crushed. Either always take AFINITOR with food or always take AFINITOR without food.

You should not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with AFINITOR. It may make the amount of AFINITOR in your blood increase to a harmful level. 

Do not take AFINITOR if you are allergic to everolimus or to any of the ingredients in AFINITOR. See below for a complete list of ingredients in AFINITOR. Talk to your health care provider before taking this medicine if you are allergic to: sirolimus (Rapamune®), temsirolimus (Torisel®). Ask your health care provider if you do not know.

Active ingredient: everolimus.

Inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, butylated hydroxytoluene, crospovidone, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, and magnesium stearate.

If you take too much AFINITOR contact your health care provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. Take the pack of AFINITOR with you.

If you miss a dose of AFINITOR, you may still take it up to 6 hours after the time you normally take it. If it is more than 6 hours after you normally take your AFINITOR, skip the dose for that day. The next day, take AFINITOR at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure about what to do, call your health care provider.

  • Store AFINITOR at room temperature, between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep AFINITOR in the pack it comes in.
  • Open the blister pack just before taking AFINITOR.
  • Keep AFINITOR dry and away from light.
  • Do not use AFINITOR that is out of date or no longer needed.

Keep AFINITOR and all medicines out of the reach of children.