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Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Alecensa (Alectinib)


Alecensa (Alectinib)

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    What is Alecensa?

    • Alecensa (alectinib) is a medication used to treat lung cancer.

    How does it work?

    • It works by inhibiting an enzyme used by the cancer cells to grow, transform, and avoid programmed cell death.

    How is it supplied?

    • You can buy Alecensa as a 150mg capsule.

    How should I store it?

    • Store your Alecensa capsules at room temperature and keep them out of reach of children.


    Should I take Alecensa with food?

    • You should take your dose with a meal or snack.

    Are there any special instructions?

    • Do not open your Alecensa capsules. You should swallow them whole.
    • If you miss a dose or vomit after taking a capsule, skip it, and continue with your next scheduled dose.

    What is the usual dose?

    • Take 600mg by mouth twice daily.
    • Your doctor could reduce your dose if you experience adverse effects.


    What is the active ingredient in Alecensa?

    • The active ingredient is alectinib hydrochloride.

    What are the inactive ingredients?

    Fact Table
    Formula C30H34N4O2
    License US: FDA
    Routes of administration By mouth
    Legal status Rx Only
    Chemical Name Alectinib
    Elimination half-life 33 hours
    Dosage (Strength) 150 mg
    Pregnancy Not yet classified
    Brands Alecensa
    Protein binding >99%
    PubChem CID 49806720
    MedlinePlus a616007
    ChEBI 90936
    ATC code L01XE36
    DrugBank DB11363
    KEGG D10542
    Bioavailability 37%


    Who should avoid taking Alecensa?

    • Do not use Alecensa if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients.
    • Alecensa should not be used in pregnancy.
      • Female patients should avoid pregnancy during treatment and for one week after discontinuation. Visit our birth control page for more information.
      • Male patients should use contraception during therapy and for three months after discontinuation.

    What are the risks?

    • Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following adverse effects. They could reduce your dose, interrupt your therapy, or discontinue your treatment.
      • Symptomatic bradycardia
        • Slowed heart rate (less than 60 beats per minute)
        • Low blood pressure
        • Chest discomfort
        • Lightheadedness
        • Shortness of breath
      • Muscle pains
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Cough
      • Fever
    • Alecensa treatment can cause an increase in liver enzymes. Your doctor should periodically monitor your liver.
    • Alecensa treatment can cause your kidney function to decrease. Your doctor should monitor your kidney function.

    Side Effects

    What are the common Alecensa side effects?

    • Edema
    • Constipation
    • Low-grade anemia
    • Low-grade lymphocytopenia
    • Liver enzyme elevation
    • Hyperbilirubinemia
    • Muscle pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue

    What are the serious Alecensa side effects?

    • Bradyarrhythmia (see irregular heartbeat page)
    • Endocarditis
    • Intestinal perforation
    • High-grade anemia
    • Bleeding
    • High-grade lymphocytopenia
    • Increased creatinine kinase
    • Kidney impairment
    • Interstitial lung disease
    • Pneumonia
    • Pneumonitis
    • Pulmonary embolism


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    3. Corte, C. M., Viscardi, G., Liello, R. D., Fasano, M., Martinelli, E., Troiani, T., . . . Morgillo, F. (2018). Role and targeting of anaplastic lymphoma kinase in cancer. Molecular Cancer, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12943-018-0776-2

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13263

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