Patients who have advanced renal cell carcinoma, a type of cancer that begins in kidney cells, might be prescribe pazopanib. This chemotherapy medication inhibits the growth of cancer cells so that the cancer cannot continue to spread throughout the body. It is taken orally on an empty stomach every day.
This medication can cause serious liver damage. Patients who have a history of liver disease are at greater risk for life-threatening or fatal side effects from the medication. You must have regular liver function tests while on this medication and should tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Brown urine
- Tarry black stools
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme fatigue
- Excessive bleeding or bruising