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what kind of drug is iressa (gefitinib)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is a selective inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor's (EGFR) . It is used to treat cancer.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
I dont think so: Iressa is a brand/trade name of gefitinib. There is no significant difference between gefitinib and iressa- besides the fact that gefitinib is the generic of iressa.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I get cheap iressa (gefitinib)?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
International?: Faulty trials sullied gefitinib that was approved. Survival in nsclc appeared better with erlotinib, but population differences were different, likely accounting for the effect rather than the drugs. Fda & pharma caution you not to look abroad. Caveat emptor. Canada?
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are gefitinib side-effects?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Fewer than with: Erlotinib, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor that replaced it. The scary risk was , 1% incidence of pneumonitis mostly in asians, mild diarrhea (more harsh with erlotinib), skin acne-like reactions, eye lid and nail bed problems.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Do you need a prescription for Iressa (gefitinib)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Iressa (gefitinib): Yes, Iressa (gefitinib) is a prescription medication.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Who should not use Iressa (gefitinib)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Iressa (gefitinib): "IRESSA is contraindicated in patients with severe hypersensitivity to gefitinib or to any other component of IRESSA." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=827d60e8-7e07-41b7-c28b-49ef1c4a5a41

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