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Generic: gefitinib
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It targets a specific enzyme within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing
               



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What is this medicine?

GEFITINIB (ge FI ti nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets a specific enzyme within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat advanced non- small cell lung cancer. To receive this medicine, you will be enrolled in the Iressa Access Program. The medicine will be provided by a special mail- order pharmacy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • lung fibrosis
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to gefitinib, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

If you have difficulty swallowing the tablets, let your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional know. They can help you with advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose and skip your missed dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • bosentan
  • carbamazepine
  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • St. John's wort
  • stomach acid blockers like cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine, or omeprazole
  • vinorelbine
  • warfarin

               
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