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SUTENT® (sunitinib malate) Patient Counseling Information

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

Hepatotoxicity

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of hepatotoxicity. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider immediately for signs or symptoms of hepatotoxicity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Cardiovascular Events

Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms of heart failure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

QT Prolongation and Torsade de Pointes

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of QT prolongation. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider immediately in the event of syncope, pre-syncopal symptoms, and cardiac palpitations [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

Hypertension

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of hypertension. Advise patients to undergo routine blood pressure monitoring and to contact their health care provider if blood pressure is elevated or if they experience signs or symptoms of hypertension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Hemorrhagic Events

Advise patients that SUTENT can cause severe bleeding. Advise patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for bleeding or symptoms of bleeding [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Advise patients that gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and constipation may develop during SUTENT treatment and to seek immediate medical attention if they experience persistent or severe abdominal pain because cases of gastrointestinal perforation and fistula have been reported in patients taking SUTENT [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5), Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Dermatologic Effects and Toxicities

Advise patients that depigmentation of the hair or skin may occur during treatment with SUTENT due to the drug color (yellow). Other possible dermatologic effects may include dryness, thickness or cracking of skin, blister or rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Severe dermatologic toxicities including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, erythema multiforme, and necrotizing fasciitis have been reported. Advise patients to immediately inform their healthcare provider if severe dermatologic reactions occur [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9), Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].

Thyroid Dysfunction

Advise patients that SUTENT can cause thyroid dysfunction. Advise patient to contact their healthcare provider if symptoms of abnormal thyroid function occur [see Warnings and Precautions (5.11)].

Hypoglycemia

Advise patients that SUTENT can cause severe hypoglycemia and may be more severe in patients with diabetes taking antidiabetic medications. Inform patients of the signs, symptoms, and risks associated with hypoglycemia. Advise patients to immediately inform their healthcare provider if severe signs or symptoms of hypoglycemia occur [see Warnings and Precautions (5.12)].

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Advise patients regarding good oral hygiene practices and to inform their healthcare provider of any planned dental procedures. Advise patients to immediately contact their healthcare provider for signs or symptoms associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)].

Impaired Wound Healing

Advise patients that SUTENT impairs wound healing. Advise patients to inform their healthcare provider of any planned surgical procedures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.14)].

Concomitant Medications

Advise patients to inform their healthcare providers of all concomitant medications, including over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements [see Drug Interactions (7)].

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to inform their healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15), Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 4 weeks after receiving the last dose of SUTENT [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].

Advise males with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 7 weeks after receiving the last dose of SUTENT [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].

Lactation

Advise women not to breastfeed during treatment with SUTENT and for at least 4 weeks after the last dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].

Infertility

Advise patients that SUTENT may impair male and female fertility [see Use in Specific Populations (8.3), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Missed Dose

Advise patients that miss a dose of SUTENT by less than 12 hours to take the missed dose right away. Advise patients that miss a dose of SUTENT by more than 12 hours to take the next scheduled dose at its regular time.

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