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Erlotero 150 mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction of Erlotero Tablet

Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Erlotero 150 mg Tablet should be taken in a dose as recommended by the doctor. You should continue to take it as long as your doctor advises for it. The duration of treatment varies according to your need and response to treatment. Your doctor may advice for regular monitoring of liver function while your taking this medicine. It is advisable to avoid smoking while taking Erlotero 150 mg Tablet as it makes the medicine ineffective and requires dose adjustment.

Women who are undergoing treatment should use effective contraception method. It is important to avoid pregnancy during the treatment and for a month after completing the course of medicine. This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sun, so it is better to use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Diarrhea may occur as its side effect, so drink plenty of fluids. But, you must inform doctor if it does not stop or you find blood in stools. In case you develop ulceration in mouth, changes in your vision, or breathing difficulties than it is better to inform the doctor.

Erlotero Tablet side effects

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Weight loss
  • Infection
  • Bone pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  • Rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Cough

How to use Erlotero Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Erlotero Tablet works

Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is an anti-cancer medication. Epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) are expressed on the lung cancer cell surfaces that modulate their growth. This medicine works by binding the chemical messenger, EGFR, hence, inhibits the cancer signaling pathways mediated by EGFR. This is how it restricts further growth of the cancer cells.

Erlotero Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Erlotero 150 mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Erlotero 150 mg Tablet alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Erlotero 150 mg Tablet is recommended.
Use of this medicine is not advised in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Erlotero 150 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Erlotero 150 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on the use of Erlotero 150 mg Tablet in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Erlotero Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Erlotero 150 mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Erlotero 150 mg Tablet helps treat non-small cell lung cancer that is locally advanced, or has spread to other areas of the body.
  • It should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after the meal.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Drink plenty of fluids and inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine and for a month after you stop taking it.
  • It makes your skin sensitive towards sunlight. Apply sunscreen or wear protective clothing while going out.
  • It is advisable to avoid smoking while taking this medicine, as it makes the drug ineffective and requires dose adjustment.
  • Do not take it with medication lowering the stomach acid (such as antacids, H2 blockers including ranitidine), as it may affect the working of medicine.
  • Inform your doctor if you develop ulceration in your mouth, changes in your vision or if you experience a worsening cough, shortness of breath, or breathing difficulties while taking this medicine.
  • Your doctor may want you to have regular blood tests to monitor your liver function while you are having treatment with this medicine.
  • Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

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FAQs

Q. How should Erlotero be taken?

Erlotero is a pill to be taken by mouth, once a day without food as prescribed by your doctor. It is important that you take Erlotero empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 house after meals. It is advisable to take it the same time each day so that you remember when to take it.

Q. Is Erlotero a chemotherapy drug?

Erlotero is not a conventional chemotherapy medicine. Erlotero belongs to a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This in turn helps to slow or stop the spread of cancer cells.

Q. How long can I take Erlotero?

You need to take Erlotero every day, as long as your doctor prescribes it for you. The duration of treatment may vary from person to person.

Q. Does smoking interfere with Erlotero?

Yes, smoking can interfere with the working of Erlotero. It can decrease the effectiveness of the medicine to a great extent. Hence, it is advised to stop smoking before you start Erlotero. Your doctor will need to adjust the dose of Erlotero, if you keep on smoking or there is a change in the pattern of smoking.

Q. What should I do if I get a rash while taking Erlotero?

Rash is a common side effect of Erlotero but you should not stop taking Erlotero because of this. Consult your doctor who will suggest a treatment for it. Also, avoid sun-exposure, use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing.

Q. When can I plan pregnancy, if I am taking Erlotero?

Avoid pregnancy while being treated with Erlotero. If you are a woman of child-bearing age use effective contraception during treatment. Avoid pregnancy for at least 1 month after taking the last tablet.

Q. Does Erlotero affect eyes?

Erlotero commonly causes conjunctivitis and dry eyes. If you develop acute or worsening redness and pain in the eye, increased eye-watering, blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light, immediately inform the doctor as you may need urgent treatment.

Q. When should I call my doctor during treatment with Erlotero?

Inform the doctor if you experience sudden difficulty in breathing associated with cough or fever, severe or ongoing diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Also, consult your doctor if you experience acute or worsening redness and pain in the eye, increased eye-watering, blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light. Let your doctor know in case you are taking a statin (medicine to control cholesterol) along with this medicine and experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, or cramps.

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