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Iressa (Gefitinib)

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Iressa (Gefitinib)

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    Description

    IRESSA (Gefitinib) is a chemotherapy medication that can be prescribed to treat a certain type of lung cancer. IRESSA is approved to treat metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations.

    Directions

    The normal IRESSA dosage is 250 mg once daily until the disease becomes worse or the side effects of the drug are not tolerable.

    Take IRESSA exactly as prescribed by the oncologist.

    Do not take a missed dose if the next scheduled dose is 12 hours or less away.

    Ingredients

    The active ingredient in IRESSA is gefitinib.

    Gefitinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that blocks the activity of a cell receptor called an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). EGFR contributes to the overactive replication of cancer cells, and by blocking its activity, IRESSA prevents the growth of some cancerous cells.


    Fact Table

    Formula

    C22H24ClFN4O3

    License

    AU, EU EMA, US FDA

    Bioavailability

    59%

    Legal status

    RX Only

    Chemical Name

    Gefitinib

    Elimination half-life

    6-49 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    250mg (30 tablets)

    Pregnancy

    Consult a doctor

    Brands

    Iressa

    Protein binding

    90%

    PubChem CID

    123631

    MedlinePlus

    a607002

    ChEBI

    49668

    ATC code

    L01EB01

    DrugBank

    DB00317

    KEGG

    D01977

    Routes of administration

    Oral


    Interactions

    IRESSA can interact with many other medications. Some examples include:

    • Abametapir
    • Antacids
    • Conivaptan
    • Dabrafenib
    • Enzalutamide
    • Idelalisib
    • Itraconazole
    • Mifepristone
    • Rifampicin
    • Warfarin

    Cautions

    IRESSA (Gefitinib) is for oncology use only. It can only be used under the close supervision of an oncologist.

    IRESSA is a chemotherapeutic agent and has many different side effects and toxicities. Your oncologist should monitor you for the following:

    • Dermatological (skin) toxicity
    • Gastrointestinal toxicity
    • Ocular (eye) toxicity
    • Pulmonary (lung) toxicity

    Side Effects

    IRESSA has many potential side effects. Your oncologist will review these with you before prescribing it. Some of the common ones include:

    • Anorexia
    • Decreased appetite
    • Diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Increased liver enzymes
    • Insomnia
    • Nausea
    • Paronychia
    • Proteinuria
    • Pruritus
    • Rash
    • Skin reactors
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness
    • Xeroderma


    Buy IRESSA online with a valid prescription from your healthcare provider. IRESSA is a hazardous medication, so ensure that your doctor knows your plan for obtaining IRESSA online. Purchasing online may be a lower IRESSA price.

    References

    1. Inspra [package insert].New York, NY: Pfizer; 2002.



    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 : 5477

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