Tarceva has the active ingredient of Erlotinib which is used in Non small cell lung cancer. Immunotherapy is indicated for the maintenance treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer whose disease has not progressed after four cycles of platinum-based first-line chemotherapy. in combination with gemcitabine is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced, unrespectable or metastatic pancreatic cancer.

It is used to treat locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer for people in whom at least one other type of chemotherapy treatment has been unsuccessful. It may also be used for maintenance therapy after successful standard chemotherapy.

How to Use Tarceva Tablets

  • Take Tarceva precisely as prescribed by your physician.
  • Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than optional. Follow the directions on your recommendation label.
  • Your doctor may irregularly change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
  • Take Tarceva on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
  • Do not crush a Tarceva tablet. The medicine from a crushed or broken pill can be dangerous if it gets on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water and rinse thoroughly.
  • To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Tarceva. Visit your doctor regularly.

Cautions before Use Tarceva Tablets

  • Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Tarceva and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
  • Make sure that you do not have a kidney problem; if you do then you should avoid this medication.
  • People with a history of Lung problem should not take this medicine.
  • Cerebrovascular accidents, including a fatality, have been reported in patients with pancreatic cancer with the usage of this medicine.
  • Cases of acute renal failure (including fatalities), and renal insufficiency have been reported. Interrupt Tarceva in the event of dehydration. Monitor renal function and electrolytes in patients at risk of dehydration.
  • This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Tarceva Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may occur with the usage of Tarceva are as follows:

  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Infection
  • Mouth Sores
  • Itching
  • Dry Skin
  • Eye Infection
  • Abdominal Pain

Tarceva Tablets Reactions and Overdose

This medicine may react with "blood thinners" like warfarin, corticosteroids such as prednisone, drugs that lower stomach acid such as famotidine/ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove erlotinib from your body such as azole antifungal, including itraconazole; macrolide antibiotics, including erythromycin; cimetidine; rifamycins, including rifabutin; St. John’s wort; certain anti-seizure medicines, including carbamazepine; HIV protease inhibitors, including ritonavir).

Overdose symptoms may include severe diarrhea, severe skin rash, dark urine, stomach pain, or jaundice and the person should seek medical support with overdose effect.


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