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What is the most important information I should know about XALKORI?
XALKORI may cause serious side effects, including:
- Liver problems. XALKORI may cause life-threatening
liver injury that may lead to death. Your healthcare provider should do blood
tests at least every month to check your liver during treatment with XALKORI.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following new or
- yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
- severe tiredness
- dark or brown (tea color) urine
- nausea or vomiting
- decreased appetite
- pain on the right side of your stomach
- bleed or bruise more easily than normal
- Lung problems (pneumonitis). XALKORI may cause
life-threatening lung problems that may lead to death. Symptoms may be similar
to those symptoms from lung cancer. Tell your healthcare provider right away if
you have any new or worsening symptoms, including:
- trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- cough with or without mucous
- Heart problems. XALKORI may cause very slow, very fast, or abnormal heartbeats. Your healthcare provider may check your heart during treatment with XALKORI. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel dizzy or faint or have abnormal heartbeats. Tell your healthcare provider if you take any heart or blood pressure medicines.
- Vision problems. Vision problems are common with
XALKORI. These problems usually happen within 1 week of starting treatment with
XALKORI. Vision problems with XALKORI can be severe and may cause partial or
complete loss of vision in one or both eyes. Your healthcare provider may stop
XALKORI and refer you to an eye healthcare provider if you develop severe
vision problems during treatment with XALKORI. Tell your healthcare provider
right away if you have any loss of vision or any change in vision, including:
- double vision
- light hurting your eyes
- seeing flashes of light
- new or increased floaters
- blurry vision
- See “What are possible side effects of XALKORI?” for more information about side effects.
What is XALKORI?
XALKORI is a prescription medicine that is used to treat people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body and is caused by a defect in either a gene called ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) or a gene called ROS1.
It is not known if XALKORI is safe and effective in children.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking XALKORI?
Before you take XALKORI, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have heart problems, including a condition called long QT syndrome
- have liver or kidney problems
- have vision or eye problems
- have any other medical conditions
- are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. XALKORI can
harm your unborn baby.
- Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with XALKORI and for at least 45 days after the final dose of XALKORI.
- Males who have female partners who can become pregnant should use condoms during treatment with XALKORI and for at least 90 days after the final dose of XALKORI.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you.
- If you or your partner becomes pregnant, tell your healthcare provider right away.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XALKORI passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with XALKORI and for 45 days after the final dose. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time.
Tell your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How should I take XALKORI?
- Take XALKORI exactly as your healthcare provider tells you.
- Swallow XALKORI capsules whole.
- You may take XALKORI with or without food.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose, temporarily stop, or permanently stop treatment with XALKORI if you have certain side effects. Do not change your dose or stop taking XALKORI unless your healthcare provider tells you.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose (within 6 hours), just take your next dose at your regular time.
- If you vomit after taking a dose of XALKORI, do not take an extra dose, just take your next dose at your regular time.
What should I avoid while taking XALKORI?
- You should not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with XALKORI. It may increase the amount of XALKORI in your blood to a harmful level.
- XALKORI can cause changes in your vision, dizziness, and tiredness. If you have these symptoms avoid driving a car, using machinery, or doing anything that needs you to be alert.
What are the possible side effects of XALKORI?
XALKORI may cause serious side effects, including:
- See “What is the most important information I should know about XALKORI?”
The most common side effects of XALKORI include:
- vision problems. See “What is the most important information I should know about XALKORI?”
- swelling of your hands, feet, face, and eyes
- increased liver function blood test results. See “What is the most important information I should know about XALKORI?”
- decreased appetite
- upper respiratory infection
- feeling of numbness or tingling in the extremities
XALKORI may cause decreased fertility in females and males. In females, this could affect your ability to become pregnant. In males, this could affect your ability to father a child. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of XALKORI. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store XALKORI?
- Store XALKORI at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
Keep XALKORI and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about XALKORI
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use XALKORI for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give XALKORI to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information about XALKORI that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in XALKORI?
Active ingredient: crizotinib
Inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate, sodium starch glycolate, and magnesium stearate.
Pink opaque capsule shell contains: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and red iron oxide.
White opaque capsule shell contains: gelatin and titanium dioxide.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/4/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Xalkori Information
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