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    Information about Erlotinib

    Erlotinib uses

    Erlotinib is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

    How erlotinib works

    Erlotinib is an anti-cancer medication. It works by blocking the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps to stop or slow the spread of cancer cells.

    Common side effects of erlotinib

    Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue, Breathing difficulty, Abdominal pain, Edema (swelling), Weight loss, Loss of appetite, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Infection, Bone pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Fever, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Rash

    Available Medicine for Erlotinib

    • ₹9990 to ₹11900
      Natco Pharma Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹9900 to ₹11900
      Zydus Cadila
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹1725 to ₹29048
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹5580 to ₹18990
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹11000
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹11159
      RPG Life Sciences Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹8100 to ₹10909
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹24549
      Taj Pharma India Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹25500
      Lupin Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹35450 to ₹40300
      Roche Products India Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Erlotinib

    • Erlotinib tablets should be taken either 1 hour before or 2 hours after ingestion of food.
    • Erlotinib is not recommended for children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
    • Stop smoking and use effective contraceptive measures while on erlotinib treatment.
    • Do not start erlotinib if you use contact lenses, have had eye problems (ulcers in front part of eye, dry eyes, inflammation in front part of eye), liver or kidney problems, Gilbert’s syndrome (liver disorder that causes increased bilirubin), intolerance to some sugars, are pregnant or breast-feeding.
    • Tell your doctor if you suffer from breathing difficulty associated with fever or cough, severe diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, severe blistering or peeling of skin, severe pain in abdomen, acute or increasing pain and redness in eye, blurred vision or sensitivity to light, increased eye watering.

    Frequently asked questions for Erlotinib


    Q. Is Erlotinib FDA approved?

    Yes, Erlotinib is approved by FDA

    Q. How long does Erlotinib work?

    A single dose of Erlotinib works for around 36 hours.

    Q. Is Erlotinib cytotoxic, chemotherapeutic drug, biologic or monoclonal antibody?

    Erlotinib is not a cytotoxic, chemotherapy drug, or monoclonal antibody. Erlotinib is a biologic tyrosine kinase inhibitor

    Q. Does Erlotinib cause neutropenia?

    Yes, Erlotinib can cause neutropenia

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)