Gefitinib

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Drug Name: Gefitinib

Drug Class: It is a targeted therapy drug

Available under the trade name – Iressa

What Is It Prescribed For? 

For the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC; cancer that has spread to other body parts) that has shown EGFR mutations.

How Is It Given?

It is available in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day. It should be taken at around the same time every day with or without food.

What Are Common Side Effects?

You may face some of these side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Dry skin
  • Skin rashes, acne, and itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Inflammation and soreness of mouth and gut

Your doctor can prescribe medication to control these side effects. Gefitinib also causes 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 only in 250mg. Depending on the brand, the cost of Gefitinib 250mg can range between INR 4000 – INR 13,500 for 30 tablets.

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