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Brand name: Afinitor TM

Active ingredients: everolimus

What it is used for

Afinitor is indicated for the: ? Treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive, HER2 negative advanced breast cancer in combination with exemestane after failure of treatment with letrozole or anastrozole. ? Treatment of progressive, unresectable or metastatic, well or moderately differentiated neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) of pancreatic origin. ? Treatment of progressive, unresectable or metastatic, well-differentiated, non-functional neuroendocrine tumours (NET) of gastrointestinal or lung origin in adults. ? Treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma after failure of treatment with sorafenib or sunitinib. ? Treatment of subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) associated with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) who require therapeutic intervention but are not candidates for curative surgical resection. ? Treatment of patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) who have renal angiomyolipoma not requiring immediate surgery. ? Adjunctive treatment of patients aged 2 years and older with TSC and associated refractory seizures.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Lifetime is 18 Months.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to slightly yellowish elongated tablet with a bevelled edge, engraved with LCL on one side and NVR on the other

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine is subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Phamaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient everolimus

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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