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    Alectinib

    Information about Alectinib

    Alectinib uses

    Alectinib is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

    How alectinib works

    Alectinib is an anticancer medication. It works by blocking certain receptors found on the cancer cells. These receptors cause the cancer cells to grow and multiply very fast. Hence, blocking them helps to slow or stop tumor growth.

    Common side effects of alectinib

    Tiredness, Constipation, Peripheral edema, Muscle pain, Muscle weakness, Decreased red blood cell count
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS (Oral Pathology & Microbiology), BDS
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    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
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    Last updated on:
    21 Jun 2019 | 06:14 PM (IST)
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      Expert advice for Alectinib

      • You have been prescribed Alectinib for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer that is locally advanced, or has spread to other areas of the body.
      • Take it with food, preferably at the same time each day.
      • It can make your skin more sensitive to sun. Use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. 
      • Your doctor may want you to have regular blood tests to monitor your liver and kidney function while you are having treatment with this medicine. 
      • Do not take Alectinib if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Use reliable methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.
      • Inform your doctor if you develop breathing difficulties, stomach pain, yellowing of skin or eyes or muscle pain as Alectinib may affect your lungs, liver, muscles or kidneys.


      Content on this page was last updated on 21 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)