What is Erlocip (Erlotinib) used for?
Erlocip (Erlotinib) is an oral cancer medication used to treat patients suffering from lung or pancreatic cancer. It operates by preventing or slowing cancer cell reproduction to prevent its spread or the growth of tumors. This allows other medications or procedures to be performed to eliminate or remove the cancerous cells. Your physician may prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Erlocip (Erlotinib)?
Erlocip-100 (Erlotinib) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be administered once daily, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water on an empty stomach. It is recommended to take the tablets one hour before a meal or two hours after a meal to ensure the stomach is empty. Do not crush or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Erlocip (Erlotinib)?
Some patients using Erlocip (Erlotinib) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical care include severe fatigue, chest pain, deterioration of lung pain, fever, flu symptoms, pale skin, easier bruising, darkened urine, discolored stools, jaundice, severe confusion, or any sign of a skin rash. Inform your physician as soon as any unusual symptoms occur to make sure the necessary changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Erlocip (Erlotinib) should not be used to treat patients who are lactose intolerant, children under the age of eighteen, allergic to erlotinib, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or who have severely reduced liver or kidney function. Also inform your physician if you have a history of stomach ulcers, Gilbert's disorder, reduced liver function, or who are being treated with corticosteroids, NSAIDs, or anti-angiogenic medications. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Erlocip (Erlotinib). 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.