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Erlotinib Drug

erlotinib drug

Description

Tarceva is the trade name for the generic drug name Erlotinib. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name Tarceva when referring to the generic drug name Erlotinib.

How to use Erlotinib Tablet

Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal) as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).Medications that lower stomach acid (such as antacids, H2 blockers including ranitidine) may prevent erlotinib from working. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to use these medications safely with erlotinib.

How it work?

There are different types of targeted therapies, defined in three broad categories.  Some targeted therapies focus on the internal components and function of the cancer cell.  These use small molecules that can get into the cell and disrupt the function of the cells, causing them to die.  There are several types of targeted therapy that focus on the inner parts of the cells.   The second variety target receptors that are on the outside or surface of the cell.   This form of targeted treatment includes the monoclonal antibodies.  Finally, antiangiogenesis inhibitors target the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the cancer cells, ultimately causing the cells to starve and die.

Monitoring and Testing

You will be checked regularly by your health care professional while you are taking erlotinib, to monitor side effects and check your response to therapy.  Periodic blood work to monitor your complete blood count (CBC) as well as the function of other organs (such as your kidneys and liver) will also be ordered by your doctor.  

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Side Effect

  • Infection
  • Mouth sores
  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Abdominal pain

Precaution

Do not receive any kind of immunization or vaccination without your doctor's approval while taking erlotinib.Inform your health care professional if you are pregnant or may be pregnant prior to starting this treatment. Pregnancy category D (erlotinib may be hazardous to the fetus.  Women who are pregnant or become pregnant must be advised of the potential hazard to the fetus.)

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