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Erlotinib - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Erlotinib is used to treat cancer of the lungs.

This medicine is also used together with other medicine to treat cancer of the pancreas.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Erlotinib exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Erlotinib must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

It is important that you do not get pregnant while being treated with this medicine. You may wish to discuss birth control methods with your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.

Erlotinib may cause skin irritation. Avoid direct or long hours of exposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light like tanning beds and apply sunscreen when going outdoors.

Avoid smoking while you are being treated with Erlotinib. Smoking could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests (e.g. complete blood count, liver function tests) while you are being treated with Erlotinib. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Erlotinib may cause any of the following side effects: skin rash, tiredness, weakness, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and hair loss.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- eye pain with redness, tearing, and blurred vision
- rashes with skin peeling or blisters/rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- medicines for heart disease e.g. verapamil
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole
- certain antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin, troleandomycin
- medicine to treat TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine
- medicines for HIV infection e.g. atazanavir, idinavir, ritonavir
- cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. simvastatin, atorvastain
- St. John's Wort (herbal medicine)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Erlotinib.

Erlotinib should not be taken with antacids as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids,there should be at least 2 hours interval between the antacid and Erlotinib.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and excessive consumption (more than 1 litre a day) of grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

As this is a cancer medicine, always return any unused or expired tablets to the clinic, hospital or pharmacy for disposal. Do not throw it away in the household waste.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Erlotinib - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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