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Everolimus is a medication used in the treatment of various types of cancers and tumors, such as kidney cancer, breast cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, and as an immunosuppressant in organ transplantation. It belongs to a class of drugs known as kinase inhibitors and works by slowing down the growth of cancer cells and suppressing the immune system.

  • Test NameEverolimus
  • Sample TypeBlood
  • Preparations RequiredPatients should not take their dose of everolimus for at least 12 hours prior to blood draw.
  • Report Time4 days

What is Everolimus used for?

Everolimus is used to treat certain types of cancers and tumors, including advanced kidney cancer, breast cancer, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. It is also used as an immunosuppressant to prevent organ rejection after a kidney or liver transplant.

How does Everolimus work?

Everolimus works by inhibiting a protein called mTOR, which plays a role in the growth and division of cancer cells. By blocking this protein, it helps to slow down the growth and spread of cancer cells.

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The Everolimus blood test is done to measure the concentration of the drug in the blood to ensure that it is at a therapeutic level. It helps doctors to adjust the dosage for optimum treatment efficacy and to minimize side effects.

You should not take your dose of everolimus for at least 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Inform your doctor of any medications, vitamins, or supplements you are taking, as they may interfere with the test results.

The results indicate the levels of everolimus in your blood. Your doctor will use this information to determine if the medication is working effectively or if the dosage needs to be adjusted.

Common side effects include mouth ulcers, infections, rash, fatigue, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. It can also have effects on blood counts and can affect blood fats and sugars.

Yes, often everolimus is used in combination with other medications to enhance the effectiveness of treatment. For example, in breast cancer, it might be used alongside hormone therapy.

It is recommended to take everolimus consistently, either always with food or always without food. Taking it with food can increase the absorption of the medicine.

The duration of therapy with everolimus varies depending on the type of cancer or condition being treated. Your doctor will provide specific instructions based on your case.

Yes, everolimus can suppress the immune system, which may make you more susceptible to infections. It’s important to take precautions to minimize exposure to infections while on treatment.

If you miss a dose of everolimus, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses.

Yes, everolimus can interact with other medications. It's important to let your doctor know about all the medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.

Everolimus is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It can harm the fetus. Women of childbearing age should use effective contraception during treatment and for some time after the last dose.

It's best to avoid alcohol while taking everolimus, as it may exacerbate certain side effects of the medication.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your everolimus treatment, it is best to consult the doctor who prescribed the medication to you, usually an oncologist or transplant specialist.

Everolimus is a potent medication used for the treatment of various cancers and as an immunosuppressant in transplant patients. It is vital to monitor the levels of everolimus in the blood to optimize treatment and minimize side effects. The management and monitoring should always be carried out under the supervision of an experienced physician.

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