What Gefticip 250MG is used for?
It is used to,
- Treat adults with non-small cell lung cancer
Warning & Precautions
Talk to Doctor
Talk to your doctor before you take this medicine, if you:
- Are allergic to gefitinib or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- Have ever had any other lung problems. Some lung problems may get worse during treatment with Gefticip 250MG
- Have ever had problems with your liver
Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
- It is recommended that you avoid becoming pregnant during treatment with Gefticip 250MG because Gefticip 250MG could harm your baby
- Do not take Gefticip 250MG if you are breast-feeding for the safety of your baby
- Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast-feeding
Children & Adolescents
- Gefticip 250MG is not indicated in children and adolescents under 18 years
Driving & Using Machines
- If you feel weak while taking this medicine, take care driving or using tools or machines
Tell your doctor if you are taking,
- Phenytoin or carbamazepine (for epilepsy)
- Rifampicin (for tuberculosis)
- Itraconazole (for fungal infections)
- Barbiturates (a type of medicine used for sleeping problems)
- Proton-pump inhibitors, H2-antagonists and antacids (for ulcers, indigestion, heartburn and to reduce acids in the stomach)
- Warfarin (a so-called oral anticoagulant, to prevent blood clots)
How to Use
- Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you
- The recommended dose is one 250 mg tablet per day
- Take the tablet at about the same time each day
- You can take the tablet with or without food
- Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it.
- Do not take antacids (to reduce the acid level of your stomach) 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking Gefticip 250MG
- If you have trouble swallowing the tablet, dissolve it in half a glass of still (non-fizzy) water. Do not use any other liquids. Do not crush the tablet. Swirl the water until the tablet has dissolved
If you take more Gefticip 250MG
- If you have taken more tablets than you should, talk to a doctor straight away
If you forget to take Gefticip 250MG
- If it is 12 hours or more until your next dose: take the missed tablet as soon as you remember
- Then take the next dose as usual
- If it is less than 12 hours until your next dose: skip the missed tablet. Then take the next tablet at the usual time
- Do not take a double dose (two tablets at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose
If you stop taking Gefticip 250MG
- Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them
- Severe breathlessness, or sudden worsening breathlessness, possibly with a cough or fever. This may mean that you have an inflammation of the lungs called ‘interstitial lung disease’
- Allergic reaction such as swollen face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty to swallow, hives, nettle rash and difficulty breathing
- Dehydration caused by long term or severe diarrhoea, vomiting (being sick), nausea (feeling sick) or loss of appetite and fever
- Skin reactions such as an acne-like rash, which is sometimes itchy with dry and/or cracked skin
- Red or sore mouth
- Red and sore eyelids
- Nail problems and hair loss
- Bleeding (such as nose bleed or blood in your urine)
- Protein in your urine (shown in a urine test)
- Increase of creatinine levels in a blood test (related to kidney function)
- Cystitis (burning sensations during urination and frequent, urgent need to urinate)
- Inflammation of the liver or pancreas
- Gastrointestinal perforation
- Eye problems such as pain, redness, watery eyes, light sensitivity, changes in vision or ingrowing eyelashes. This may mean that you have an ulcer on the surface of the eye (cornea)
- Inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin. This may give the appearance of bruising or patches of non-blanching rash on the skin
- Haemorrhagic cystitis (burning sensations during urination and frequent, urgent need to Urinate with blood in the urine)
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children
- Store at room temperature (15-25°C)
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
The time taken for the medicine to show its effect is not clinically established. This medicine requires 3 to 7 hours to reach maximum concentration in the blood and it takes multiple dosing schedules to show its effect.
How long do the effects of this medicine last?
After multiple dosing schedules, the time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Is this a habit forming medicine?
No habit forming tendency has been reported.
Expert advice for Gefticip Tablet
- Do not take antacids (to reduce the acid level of your stomach) 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking gefitinib.
- Take the tablet at about the same time each day.
- Do not give gefitinib to children.
- Do not take gefitinib, if you are allergic to gefitinib or similar medicines or to any of the other ingredients.
- Avoid becoming pregnant during treatment with gefitinib because it could harm your baby.
- If you are taking a medicine containing warfarin as an active substance, your doctor may need to do blood tests more often.
- You may feel weak while taking this medicine, be careful while driving or using tools or machines.
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