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Review: Sutent side effects

In this review, we analyze Sutent side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Sutent. The review is based on 16,282 people who have side effects while taking Sutent from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Sutent

Sutent (latest outcomes from 16,382 users) has active ingredients of sunitinib malate. It is often used in renal cell carcinoma.

Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (sunitinib malate): Sunitinib Malate.

On Jan, 28, 2015: 16,282 people who reported to have side effects when taking Sutent are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Disease ProgressionDisease ProgressionDisease ProgressionDisease ProgressionDiarrhoeaMulti-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)Disease ProgressionDeath
DiarrhoeaDiarrhoeaDeathHypertension (high blood pressure)Hypertension (high blood pressure)Hepatitis Cholestatic (flow of bile from the liver is slowed or blocked)Renal Cell Carcinoma (a kidney cancer)Disease Progression
Asthenia (weakness)DeathAsthenia (weakness)DeathOsteonecrosis Of Jaw (death of bone of jaw)Haemolytic Anaemia (anaemia due to haemolysis)Superior Vena Caval Obstruction (obstruction of blood flow through the superior vena cava)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
VomitingNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)VomitingNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Myositis (inflammation of the muscles)Diarrhoea
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)VomitingDiarrhoeaDiarrhoeaPalmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)Eosinophil Count IncreasedNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Platelet Count DecreasedFatigue (feeling of tiredness)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Cardio-respiratory Arrest (sudden dysfunction of heart and lungs)Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Pyrexia (fever)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Osteonecrosis Of Jaw (death of bone of jaw)Headache (pain in head)Tubulointerstitial Nephritis (a form of nephritis affecting the interstitium of the kidneys surrounding the tubules)Palmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Anaemia (lack of blood)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Asthenia (weakness)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Asthenia (weakness)VomitingNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Thrombotic Microangiopathy (a pathology that results in thrombosis in capillaries and arterioles, due to an endothelial injury)Vomiting
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Hypertension (high blood pressure)Palmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)DeathHepatic Failure (liver failure)Decreased Appetite (decreased appetite occurs when you have a reduced desire to eat)

Most common side effects by gender * :

Disease ProgressionDisease Progression
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
VomitingHypertension (high blood pressure)
Asthenia (weakness)Vomiting
Hypertension (high blood pressure)Asthenia (weakness)
Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Palmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)

Most common side effects by age * :

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (a cancer that arises from transformed cells of mesenchymal origin in gastrointestinal tract)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Pneumothorax (the presence of air or gas in the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall, causing collapse of the lung)DeathDeathDeathDeathDeath
Multi-organ Failure (multisystem organ failure)Plantar Erythema (soles of the feet)Disease ProgressionPalmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Disease ProgressionDiarrhoeaDisease Progression
Disease ProgressionHypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development)Weight IncreasedOedema Peripheral (superficial swelling)Platelet Count DecreasedDiarrhoeaDisease ProgressionDiarrhoea
Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity)Haemorrhage Subcutaneous (bleeding from skin)Sarcoma (rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues)Pleural Effusion (water on the lungs)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)VomitingFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Apnoea (suspension of external breathing)Weight DecreasedHeadache (pain in head)Disease ProgressionVomitingNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Hair Colour ChangesNeutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Disease ProgressionAscites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity)PainFatigue (feeling of tiredness)Asthenia (weakness)
Sepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Hypokalaemia (low potassium)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Palmar-plantar Erythrodysaesthesia Syndrome (hand-foot syndrome)Pleural Effusion (water on the lungs)Asthenia (weakness)Vomiting
Ventricular Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat that originates in one of the lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart)Epistaxis (bleed from the nose)Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)Pleural Effusion (water on the lungs)Pyrexia (fever)Hypertension (high blood pressure)Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Aspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedVision BlurredAnaemia (lack of blood)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Platelet Count Decreased
Abdominal PainAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedConvulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Pleural Effusion (water on the lungs)Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Can you please advise if increasing the intake of Ramipril from 15 to 20 mg daily will have a negative interaction with 50 mg of Sutent? At the moment I am on 15 mg of Ramipril during the periods when I use Sutent and it lowers the BP somehow, but not enough to put me in the safe range. My Sutent treatment schedule is 2 weeks on 50 mg daily followed by 1 week of no Sutent, etc. during the 1 week of no Sutent my BP lowers to normal levels with less or no Ramipril. What could be the side effects? Thank you.


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Pain comes and goes in very sharp stabs in the top right of back behind shoulder blade. Is this normal or should we worry about another cause.


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Sutent made me feel terrible while on the 50mg. On the 25 I felt much better. I my tumors did shrink while on the drug, but came right back after I went off. Sutent is very, very hard to live with.


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  • Can metformin 2000ml /day effect a 3/4 size [only kidney] function
    i am a cancer patient for 15 yrs since 1999 -
    renal carcinoma diagnosed dec 23 1999 fully involved right kidney - removed entirely jan 27/2000 - recovery 8 months - did a man internal check in may 2010 and discovered cancer had grown on 1/4 of left kidney - so aug 26th 2010 i lost 1/4 of that kidney - recovery 8 months - in may 2011 i had abdominal pain so we did biopsy and samples only turned up blood in the cell and same with 2nd biopsy which both were administered down thru my mouth - then they did 3rd one by cutting small hole in upper left chest and going down to stomach area to get new samples - 2 wks later met with specialist and he told me that there was nothing else could be done for me - confirmation of biopsy was 5cm tumor on my spleen - 5cm tumor on my pancreatic tail and 2 - 3cm tumors on my lymph nodes in stomach - at the moment pancreas and spleen tumors were not p/u by ct scan and they are done every 3 month intervals - but the lymph nodes tumors are down to 2 cm - so officially i am a incurable and stage 4 cancer patient at this moment - the options for me at time of last diagnosis was 3 choices - 1: do nothing and wait my fate - 2: operate and then operate again to clean up the organs as the pancreas sends out somethings that coats the organs and drs have to reoperate to clean them up but life line then is 6 months max i was told or
    3: start sunitinib and see how it works and it has but i was really sick for 6 months july 2013-dec 2013 with flu and pneumonia along with almost congestive heart failure and hospitalized for 3 days with no sunitinib for that length of time and still off of it now may 2014 -but i find myself feeling weaker over the last month and dont know why - i am also t2 diabetic - and taking metformin twice a day 1000mg per day - so is it possible metformin is affecting my kidney function and i am on water pills as well 25 mg every night -

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