WHAT IS TARCEVA ? Erlotinib is a type of biological therapy called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). It works by blocking particular proteins on cancer cells that encourage the cancer to grow. Tarceva blocks proteins called epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR). This medication may shrink the cancer or stop it growing for a time. USES : Tarceva 150mg tablets are prescribed to patients for the treatment of metastatic Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to the surrounding tissues or other parts of the body. It is also used to treat certain types of pancreatic cancer in combination with another medicine gemcitabine. COMMON SIDE EFFECTS : All medicines may have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the effects : #Diarrhea; #Nausea or #Vomiting; #Constipation; #Stomach pains; #Loss of appetite or #Weight loss; #Mouth sores; #Bone or #Muscle pain; #Changes in the appearance of hair or nails; #Darkening of the skin; #Dry, #painful, #irritated, or #red eyes; #Unusual bleeding or #bruising; #Yellow or #pale skin; #Dark-colored urine; #Decreased urination etc. Signs of an allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat).
Before taking Erlotinib tablets, Discuss with your doctor if you have, or have ever had : Lung disease or infection , Kidney disease , Allergies to medicines , Heart problems etc.
Smoking tobacco may reduce the effectiveness of Tarceva. Let your doctor know if you smoke or use tobacco products before taking this medicine.
Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Don't stop taking this drug without talking to your pharmacist.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Erlotinib.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the treatment with Tarceva.
If you buy or take any other medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are suitable to take alongside Erlotinib cancer drugs.
This may not be a complete list. To gather more information , talk with your pharmacist.
DRUG INTERACTIONS : Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, recreational, herbal, nutritional, dietary drugs you're taking or if any of the following :
Angiogenesis inhibitors such as Avastin (bevacizumab)
H2 blockers such as Axid (nizatidine), Pepcid (famotidine), Tagamet (cimetidine), or Zantac (ranitidine)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil and Motrin (ibuprofen) or Aleve and Naprosyn (naproxen)
Rifadin and Rimactane (rifampin)
St. John's wort
Taxane medications for cancer such as Taxotere (docetaxel) or Abraxane and Taxol (paclitaxel)
Versed (midazolam) etc.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.This document does not contain all possible interactions.
Store Tarceva at room temperature.
Keep medicines away from children and pets.
Store away from heat, moisture, and light.
Do not store in the bathroom.
DISPOSAL : If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine you have left over. Concerned about the rising cost of the medication. We can help!!
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