Iressa 250mg Gefitinib Tablet


Specification:

  • Brand Name : Iressa
  • Active Ingredients : Gefitinib I.P
  • Manufacturer : Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Strength: 250 mg
  • Form: Tablets
  • Packing: Pack of 30 Tablets

Iressa Gefitinib 250mg Tablets

WHAT IS IRESSA ?

Iressa is a type of drug called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), also known as a cancer growth inhibitor. Kinases are proteins in the body that regulate how the cells grow and divide. Iressa blocks (inhibits) the protein from sending signals to the cancer cells that make them grow and divide.

USES

Iressa is used to treat some people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It only works for cancers that have an abnormal form of a protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Tests are done on the cancer cells from a lung biopsy or previous surgery to check the level of EGFR.

COMMON SIDE-EFFECTS

Like any other medicines , Gefitinib may cause some major or minor side-effects. If you experience any of the following serious side effects from Iressa, contact your doctor immediately:Rash; Acne; Weakness; Mouth sores; Dry skin; Itching; Mouth Sore; Decreased Appetite; Vomiting etc.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the eyelids, mouth, face, lips, or tongue); cough; dark urine; dizziness; eye irritation or pain; extreme fatigue; fever; persistent diarrhea; stomach pain; swelling of the ankles or feet; yellowing of the skin or eyes.Not all side effects are listed above.

However, you should always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual side-effects

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

Before starting Gefitinib treatment, make sure you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal remedies, etc.)

Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs) or other lung or breathing problems, eye or vision problems, or liver disease.

Do not breast feed while taking this medication.

You must try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor or hospital. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.

If you are having an operation or dental treatment, always tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.

This is not a complete list. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

IRESSA INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: "blood thinners" (warfarin), drugs which reduce stomach acid (e.g., ranitidine, cimetidine, famotidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole), certain liver enzyme inhibitors (CYP 3A4 inhibitors such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin), vinorelbine, NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen), corticosteroids (such as prednisone).
Some liver enzyme inducer medications such as rifamycins (e.g., rifampin, rifabutin), St. John's wort or phenytoin will stimulate certain liver enzymes (CYP 3A4). Your dosage of gefitinib may need to be increased if you are using such medications. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

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.

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.

NOTE

We strongly encourage you to talk with your health care professional about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained in this website is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute for medical advice.