What is Geftib (Gefitinib) used for?
Geftib (Gefitinib) is used in the treatment of lung cancer. It helps to treat non-small-cell lung cancer by blocking the action of an enzyme known as tyrosine kinase. This enzyme is believed to be needed by the cancer cells to multiply, so by interfering with its function the medication helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells and slow down their ability to spread throughout the lungs and beyond.
How should I use Geftib (Gefitinib)?
Geftib (Gefitinib) is taken orally, and washed down with a full glass of water. It may be taken either on an empty stomach or alongside a meal or snack. Patients taking this medication normally require frequent blood tests during the course of their treatment, and you should always attend all appointments for tests and checkups. This medication should only be taken as directed by your physician. Patients should always take the exact dose prescribed to them, and ensure that they do not miss any doses.
What are the side effects of Geftib (Gefitinib)?
Some side effects have been reported by patients taking Geftib (Gefitinib) and these include mild nausea, fatigue, acne, and hair loss. Consult your physician immediately if you notice any of the following rare but serious side effects:
As Geftib (Gefitinib) is known to be harmful to unborn babies, it should never be taken by pregnant women, women breastfeeding, or male and female patients trying to conceive.
Patients should avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication, as doing so can cause unwanted side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Geftib (Gefitinib). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, ongoing health conditions, or if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallow.