HEALTH CABINET

A comprehensive list of prescription and over the counter medications.

TARCEVA

Tarceva, erlotinib hydrochloride, is a drug used to treat NSCLC (non-small cell lung cancer), pancreatic and other types of cancer. It works on the epidermal growth factor receptor as a reversible tyrosine kinase inhibitor.

Tarceva Warnings and Precautions

Do not use Tarceva if you’re allergic to any of the included ingredients, if you’re also taking a PPI or if you are being treated with platinum-based chemotherapy.

Before you consider using Tarceva, talk with your doctor about any medical conditions that may interact negatively with the drug. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, able to get pregnant or breast feeding speak with your doctor. The same is true if any of the following apply to you:

  • Taking other medications or supplements
  • Have allergies to food, medicines or other substances
  • If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • If you wear contact lenses or have had certain types of eye surgery
  • Have some hereditary problems with galactose intolerance or other
  • galatose-glucose absorption
  • If you are dehydrated, smoke tobacco, have diarrhea, are vomiting or have any skin conditions
  • If you have a history of lung problems
  • If you have a history of stomach or bowel problems
  • If any of these apply to you have an extensive conversation with your doctor before considering the use of Tarceva treatment in your fight against cancer.

Tarceva Uses

Tarceva has been shown to increase the rate of survival in lung cancer. This drug combined with chemotherapy improved the survival rate by 19%. It also improved the progression-free survival by 29%, as when compared to results with chemotherapy alone.

Tarceva has also been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with non-small cell lung cancer or locally advanced cancers where one or more rounds of chemotherapy failed. In 2005 it was also approved for use with advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Tarceva Side Effects

In a majority of the patients a rash occurs that looks like acne and affects the neck and face. In fact, it seemed in clinical trials that those who had a moderate to severe rash reaction had a better survival, than those with no to mild reaction.

Other side effects include loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, partial hair loss and, possible, hearing loss. Other rare side effects include interstitial pneumonitis and ingrown hairs.

Tarceva Interactions

The only real interaction found was when a compound that induced the liver enzyme CYP3A4, like those found in St John’s Wort, can lower the concentrations of Tarceva.

Tarceva Overdose

As with all medications, a Tarceva overdose can occur when not taking the drug as prescribed. Symptoms of an overdose include severe diarrhea and skin rash. If you suspect an overdose, call 911 or visit an Emergency Department of your local hospital. To relieve symptoms hospital staff may pump the patient’s stomach or use activated charcoal.


 Click on these hashtags to find similar articles.

#tarceva #cancer #chemotherapy #drug #overdose #lung #survival #loss #diarrhea 
Our Sponsors

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Lorem ipsum

Rapaflo

Rapaflo Rapaflo helps to relax muscles in the prostate and bladder, which makes it easier to urinate.  Some men who have enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, may use this product to he...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)

Lorem ipsum

Ranexa

Ranexa is a drug used to treat angina. It helps improve blood flow so the heart can work more efficiently. It is highly versatile for use with other medications. This extended-release tab can be taken with...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)

Lorem ipsum

Aleve

Aleve is one of the brands names for the drug, Naproxen, which is used to treat a number of inflammation-related ailments. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Naproxen works by reducing th...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)

Lorem ipsum

Xiaflex

Xiaflex is a medication that uses enzymes to break down collagen, a tough and strong substance that causes symptoms in a variety of different diseases. Warnings & Precautions Treatments for certain pen...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors

More Health Cabinet articles

What is Quinoa and why is it so good for you?

Quinoa. The super food, the healthy wonder grain. You may have seen it featured by the foodies on Instagram, or the recipes pinned on Pinterest, or you may have heard about it from your health nut fri...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)


Propecia

  Propecia Propecia is a drug used for promoting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, in the body.   Uses Propecia is most commonly used for treating male patt...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)


Afrin

Afrin Afrin is a pseudoephedrine, or a sympathomimetic decongestant. By constricting blood vessels, it shrinks swollen and congested nasal tissue, or mucous membranes.  This process relieves na...

Item Icons  read full story (Health drugs)

Something About Health

An apple a day

The more weight you lose the harder it is to get off. You may have started your weight loss journey and found it was easy to hit a high calorie burn, but now that you only have five pounds to go- they're nearly impossible to lose. You can use some simple tips and tricks to shedding those last pesky pounds.

You may feel like you need to change up your diet or feel yourself slipping into old habits now that you're closer to your goal.

Learn more
Get in Shape Now

An apple a day

Losing weight can be tough, but when it's time to maintain finding that balance requires a learning curve all over again. Here we offer three easy tips to keep your body healthy. It's important to remember it takes an average of 21-30 days for your brain and body to learn new habits. Stick with it and you feel, look and be healthier.

Learn more
Our Sponsors
Our Sponsors

Health Search

Have Health questions? Need Answers? Use our NEW search feature to find all of the articles on HealthConducive.com that could help you. Simply enter a keyword and click search to give it a try!

Popular Topics

Get your daily dose on the hottest topics.

    ...
Our Sponsors

Latest Photos

Take a closer look: browse our photos for a whole new way of looking at health-related information.

health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo
health photo

Item Icons  view more health photos

Latest Videos

Watch & learn: our exclusive videos will give you insider access to the latest medical news, information on prescription drugs, tips on healthy living and much more.