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Gefitinib - 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?
> When should I not use 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?

Gefitinib is used to treat lung cancer.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Gefitinib 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 maybe taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

If you have difficulty swallowing the tablet whole, you may dissolve it in half a glass of water. Use only plain water to dissolve the tablet. Do not use any other type of drink. Do not use carbonated water. Drop the tablet in the plain water and stir it for about 10 minutes until the tablet dissolves. Do not crush the tablet. Once the tablet has dissolved, drink the solution immediately. Rinse the glass with another half a glass of plain water and drink. This is to make sure that no medicine is left behind in the glass.

Gefitinib 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. Ask your doctor about what you should do if you miss a dose.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

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

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Gefitinib.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have liver disease.

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.

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 this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Gefitinib may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, rashes and itch, pimples, dry skin, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, weakness, and hair loss.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- rashes with skin peeling or blisters/rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes
- pain in the eye with redness, tearing and blurred vision
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- difficulty breathing
- fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising

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 epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g.phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole
- antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, telithromycin
- stomach medicines e.g. lansoprazole, pantoprazole
- St. John's Wort (herbal medicine)

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

Gefitinib should not be taken at the same time as antacids. These may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. If you must take antacids, there should be at least 6 hours interval between the antacid and Gefitinib.

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 Gefitinib - 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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