Afatinib

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Drug Name: Afatinib dimaleate

Drug Class: It is a targeted therapy drug

Available under the trade name: Gilotrif, Xovoltib

What Is It Prescribed For? 

To treat metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body) that has certain EGFR mutations.

How Is It Given?

It is available in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day. It should be taken on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after having a meal. Take this drug at the same time every day as directed by the doctor.

What Are Common Side Effects?

You may face some of these side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash, dry and itchy skin, mouth sores, nail infections, acne
  • Mild-moderate increase in liver enzymes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decrease in Potassium, WBC count

Your doctor can prescribe medication to control these side effects. Afatinib may also cause other side effects. If you face any unusual or serious problems, inform your doctor immediately.

Who Should Avoid Taking This Drug?

None

How Much Does This Drug Cost?

Available in 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, and 50mg. The cost of Afatinib (Xovoltib) 20mg ranges between INR 13000 – INR 14000 per strip of 7 tablets.

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