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Generic: lapatinib
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It targets specific enzymes within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for checks on your progress. You will need to have regular blood tests while on this medicine.

Report any new symptoms promptly. Let your doctor know if you have any change in bowel patterns, nausea, loss of appetite, or vomiting, as these side effects may cause dehydration. If you have shortness of breath, contact your doctor. Possible serious side effects include heart or lung problems.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast- feed an infant while taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • cough that does not go away
  • dizziness
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • palpitations
  • severe or persistent diarrhea
  • swelling of feet, legs
  • unusual bleeding, bruising
  • vomiting
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • dry skin
  • heartburn
  • mouth sores
  • nausea
  • red, numb, swollen, or painful hands or feet
  • stomach upset
  • tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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