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Taking BAVENCIO® (avelumab) With INLYTA® (axitinib)

BAVENCIO and INLYTA are each taken in a different way.


BAVENCIO is administered by a doctor or a nurse in an infusion center, hospital, or doctor’s office.

  • Your healthcare provider will give you BAVENCIO via IV infusion over 60 minutes
  • Your healthcare provider will give you medicines (an antihistamine and acetaminophen) before the first 4 infusions and subsequently as needed to help reduce infusion reactions
  • BAVENCIO is usually given every 2 weeks
  • Your healthcare provider will decide how many treatments you need
  • Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check you for certain side effects
  • If you miss any appointments, call your healthcare provider as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment

On BAVENCIO treatment days, you’ll spend time at the infusion center, hospital, or doctor’s office. Bring a book, tablet, or your favorite music to pass the time.


Tips to help you when taking INLYTA:

  • INLYTA comes in 1-mg and 5-mg tablets taken by mouth. Your healthcare provider will tell you which tablets you should take
  • Take INLYTA exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider
  • Your healthcare provider may change your dose if needed
  • INLYTA can be taken with or without food
  • Take INLYTA 2 times a day approximately 12 hours apart
  • Swallow INLYTA tablets whole with a glass of water
  • Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure regularly during treatment with INLYTA
  • If you vomit or miss a dose of INLYTA, take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time
  • If you take too much INLYTA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit. These may increase the amount of INLYTA in your blood
  • Patients taking INLYTA should also avoid St. John’s wort. It may reduce the amount of INLYTA in your blood

Starting a treatment plan can take some getting used to. If you have questions, ask your healthcare provider. Keeping note of treatment days may help you remember. Try using the Treatment Calendar in the downloadable BAVENCIO with INLYTA Patient Brochure in the Support & Resources section of this website.