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This medication is used to treat thyroid cancer (medullary type). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. Vandetanib belongs to a class of drugs known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

What is Caprelsa(vandetanib)?

Generic Name: vandetanib

Brand Name: Caprelsa

Caprelsa(vandetanib) is a medication for treating medullary thyroid cancer which has spread to other body parts or cannot be removed even by surgery. Caprelsa takes a long time to be removed from the body so it is a high chance of having side effects even after treatment.

Uses of vandetanib:

  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer.

Possible Side effects of vandetanib:

  • Decreased Appetite.
  • Changes In Taste.
  • Dry Mouth.
  • Stomach Pain.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headache Or Blurred Vision.
  • Nail Problems (Such As Nail Bed Swelling/Tenderness/Infection).

Precautions while taking vandetanib:

  • Make sure you are not allergic to vandetanib.
  • Discuss medical history with the doctor.
  • Increases sun sensitivity.
  • In pregnancy vandetanib is not recommended.
  • Breast-feeding not recommended.


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