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ERLOTINIB - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Tarceva
USES: This medication is used to treat lung cancer. Erlotinib is also used with another medication to treat pancreatic cancer. It works by slowing cancer cell growth. It binds to a certain protein (epidermal growth factor receptor-EGFR) in some tumors. Erlotinib belongs to a class of drugs known as kinase inhibitors.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually once daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not take erlotinib within 2 hours of taking an antacid (liquid or tablets). Doing so can prevent the absorption of the medication.
Acid-lowering medications for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers (such as prescription or over-the-counter medications including famotidine, omeprazole) may prevent erlotinib from working. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to use these medications safely.
Use this medication regularly. Remember to take it at the same time every day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often without your doctor's approval. Your condition will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle or break the tablets of this medication.
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