Information about Gefitinib

Gefitinib Uses

Gefitinib is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. It is used in patients in which it has spread to other parts of the body, who have abnormal epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genes, and who have not had previous treatment for cancer.

How Gefitinib works

Gefitinib 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 Gefitinib

Diarrhea, Nausea, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Vomiting, Weakness, Decreased appetite, Fever, Hair loss, Conjunctivitis, Eyelid inflammation, Hemorrhage, Interstitial lung disease, Dryness in mouth, Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Urticaria
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Available Medicine for Gefitinib

GeftinatNatco Pharma Ltd
1966 to ₹59003 variant(s)
GefiteroHetero Drugs Ltd
26551 variant(s)
GeftibGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
1436 to ₹51612 variant(s)
GefticipCipla Ltd
1782 to ₹54914 variant(s)
KabigefFresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
21391 variant(s)
GeftistarLupin Ltd
15361 variant(s)
ChemogefNeon Laboratories Ltd
11761 variant(s)

Expert advice for Gefitinib

  • Gefitinib helps treat non-small cell lung cancer that is locally advanced, or has spread to other areas of the body.
  • Take it with or without food, preferably at the same time each day.
  • Do not take antacids (to reduce the acid level of your stomach) 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking this medicine.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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