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Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: digoxin, drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove lapatinib from your body (such as dexamethasone, cimetidine, St. John's wort, azole antifungals including itraconazole/ketoconazole, macrolide antibiotics including erythromycin/clarithromycin, HIV protease inhibitors including ritonavir/saquinavir, rifamycins including rifabutin, certain anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine/phenytoin).
This drug can slow down the removal of other drugs from your body by affecting certain liver enzymes. These affected drugs include certain "statin" cholesterol medications (simvastatin, lovastatin, atorvastatin), tacrolimus, trazodone, digoxin, and cyclosporine, among others. Tell your doctor if you also take any of these medications.
Many drugs besides lapatinib may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, amiodarone, quinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others. Therefore, before using lapatinib, report all medications you are currently using to your doctor or pharmacist.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe diarrhea/vomiting.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., EKG, electrolyte levels, heart/liver function) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: For the best possible benefit, it is important to take each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised December 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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