What is Geftinat (Gefitinib) used for?
Geftinat (Gefitinib) is an oral medication used for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. It operates by destroying, slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells to prevent their spread to other parts of the body. This allows other procedures to be performed to completely remove the cancerous growths and cells. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used on its own or along with others to get the best results from treatment.
How should I use Geftinat (Gefitinib)?
Geftinat (Gefitinib) should always be taken exactly as instructed by your physician to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be administered once each day, but your particular directions will be based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed along with a full cup of water and may be taken with or without food, although a snack or meal is suggested before use if you get an upset stomach. Never crush, chew, or split the tablets before taking them as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask the physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Geftinat (Gefitinib)?
Some patients using Geftinat (Gefitinib) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include eye discomfort, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, flu symptoms, unusual weight loss, severe diarrhea or vomiting, intense stomach pain, or unusual or unexplained bleeding. Contact your physician as soon as any intense or worrying symptoms occur to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or frequency of administration to prevent further health complications.
Geftinat (Gefitinib) should not be used by patients who are breastfeeding, under the age of eighteen, or lactose intolerant. It is also important to disclose if you have severely reduced kidney function, liver cirrhosis, or greatly reduced liver function as these conditions may cause health complications requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Geftinat (Gefitinib). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.