Tarceva contain erlotinib is a cancer medicine that interferes with the development of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body.
This product is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer. It is also used in combination with other cancer medicine to treat pancreatic cancer.
You should not take if you are allergic to erlotinib.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:
* lung or breathing problems (other than lung cancer);
* kidney disease;
* liver disease;
* if you are dehydrated; or
* if you smoke.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not take Tarceva if you are pregnant. It could damage the unborn baby. Use effective birth control while you are taking it and for at least 2 weeks after your treatment ends. It is not known whether erlotinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking it.
Take this drug exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than mentioned. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change the dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
Do not crush a 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.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Tarceva: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking Tarceva and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
* new or worsening lung problems such as chest pain, dry cough with fever, wheezing, rapid breathing, feeling short of breath;
* chest pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
* sudden numbness or weakness, sudden severe headache, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
* eye pain, redness, or irritation;
* confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, urinating less than usual or not at all;
* swelling, rapid weight gain;
* severe or ongoing diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of appetite;
* black, bloody, or tarry stools;
* coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
* pale or yellowed skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
* white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
* fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
* the first sign of any type of skin rash, no matter how mild; or
* nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.