Buy Generic Iressa (Gefitinib) | Information about Drug
US Brand Name: Iressa
Active substance: Gefitinib
Indian Brand: Geftinat
Dosage: 250 mg
Type of packaging: 30 tabs in bottle
Delivery time: 7 – 14 days.
Why Gefitinib prescribed?
Gefitinib is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer in people who have already been treated with certain other chemotherapy medications and have not improved or whose condition has worsened. Gefitinib has not been shown to help people who have non-small cell lung cancer live longer. There are other medications that may help people who have non-small cell lung cancer live longer. Therefore, only people who have already taken gefitinib and benefited from the medication should continue to take it. People who have never taken gefitinib should start their treatment with a medication that is known to help patients with lung cancer live longer. Gefitinib is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of a certain naturally occurring substance that may be needed to help cancer cells multiply.
Gefitinib is a tablet. You take it with a glass of water. If you can’t swallow tablets you can put it in half a glass of water and leave it to dissolve. This usually takes about 20 minutes and you will need to swill it round a bit. It is important to make sure that you drink all of the liquid.
You have gefitinib once a day and need to take it at about the same time each day. Avoid taking anti acid medicines 2 hours before taking gefitinib and for 1 hour afterwards.
You usually carry on taking gefitinib for as long as it works.
Common side effects
More than 10 in every 100 people have one or more of these.
- Skin changes – up to 3 out of 4 people (75%) have a rash or red, dry, itchy skin or acne. Rarely, this may be severe and you may need to stop treatment for a while
- Diarrhoea affects 1 out of 2 people (50%) – drink plenty of fluid and tell your doctor or nurse if it becomes severe, or continues for more than 3 days
- Feeling weak, and lacking in energy and strength
- Feeling or being sick happens in about 1 out of every 10 people (10%) but is usually well controlled with anti sickness drugs
- Loss of appetite happens in about 1 out of 10 people (10%)
- A sore mouth occurs in about 1 out of 10 people (10%)
- Liver changes that are very mild and unlikely to cause symptoms may occur – the liver will almost certainly go back to normal when treatment is finished, but you will have regular blood tests to check how well your liver is working
- Loss of fertility – we don’t know exactly how this drug may affect fertility. Talk to your doctor before starting treatment if you plan to have a baby in the future