What is Lenvima?

Lenvima (lenvatinib) is recommended as a treatment for certain forms of thyroid cancer. It is given as a once-daily dose in capsule form. Patients with serious kidney or liver problems should take a lower dose than other patients. Lenvima works by interfering with the function and growth of cells associated with locally recurrent or metastatic, progressive thyroid cancer. Lenvima can cause elevated blood pressure, liver, kidney, and heart problems, elevated risk of stroke, bleeding, pneumonia, dehydration, and other negative effects; patients having symptoms of these should alert their doctor right away. Lenvima can cause fetal harm, and should not be used in pregnant women; women who breastfeed should avoid doing so during treatment. Side effects include fatigue, diarrhea, lowered appetite, weight loss, trouble speaking, nausea, headache, vomiting, and stomach pain. Lenvima has not been shown to be safe for pediatric patients.

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