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What kind of drug is Iressa (gefitinib)?

What kind of drug is Iressa (gefitinib)?

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is a selective inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor's (EGFR). It is used to treat cancer. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Are the cancer drugs, gefitinib and tarceva (erlotinib) available?

Are the cancer drugs, gefitinib and tarceva (erlotinib) available?

While gefitinib was: Developed first, it is hard to find in america (iressa (gefitinib)). Erlotinib (tarceva) has more side effects, but a trial showed a survival advantage. Probably more related to the characteristics of the study participants than the drug. These are small molecule, tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the erb family of receptors. Canada and europe has iressa (gefitinib). Erlotinib is in us. ...Read more

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Who should not use Iressa (gefitinib)?

Who should not use Iressa (gefitinib)?

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 ...Read more

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Can I get cheap iressa (gefitinib)?

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? ...Read more

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What are gefitinib side-effects?

What are gefitinib side-effects?

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. ...Read more

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Can gefitinib help suppress cancer?

Can gefitinib help suppress cancer?

Yes if: Yes in appropriate setting- adenocarcinoma of the lung with a positive egfr mutation- especially if you are nonsmoker, asian, woman. Please discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Iressa (gefitinib)?

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is FDA Pregnancy Category D - Positive evidence of risk. ...Read more

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Sister is so weak. Do you think take iressa (gefitinib) can help her sit up?

Gefitinib/Iressa: May work quite well if she has the egfr mutation codon 19, 21. More likely in women, non-smoker, asian. Iressa (gefitinib) has low adverse effects, but unlikely to work in those not fitting above description. Sorry for your sister's plight. ...Read more

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Any difference between the generic gefitinib and iressa?

I don't 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. ...Read more

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How effective is gefitinib (Iressa) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is gefitinib (Iressa) for treating lung cancer?

Iressa (gefitinib): Iressa (gefitinib) is beneficial for " treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer after failure of both platinum-based and docetaxel chemotherapies " See: http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/drugInfo. Cfm? Setid=827d60e8-7e07-41b7-c28b-49ef1c4a5a41 ...Read more

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How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

How effective iressa (gefitinib) for lung cancer after chemo?

Only if. .: Gefitinib will only work if there is a egfr mutation detected on the cancer. It will not be effective if there is no egfr mutation detected. ...Read more

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How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

Experimetnal to: Find out. Gefitinib (i) has few side effects: rash as an egfr tyrosine kinase blocker. Primary brain tumors express a variant egfr which may predicate its combination. The adverse effects are likely to be from the XRT not iressa (gefitinib). ...Read more

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Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Targeted therapy: Newer targeted therapy agents can be quite beneficial for some patients with lung cancer. This is especially true in female never smokers who may have selected mutations that can be easily targeted with these drugs. However, unfortunately stage IV lung cancer is not curable. ...Read more

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Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! S/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

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What can I do for a medicine allergy?

What can I do for a medicine allergy?

Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more

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Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Depends: It depends on the medication. Some medicines are over the counter and some are behind the counter requiring photo id and signature. ...Read more

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I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

Could be!: Without understanding the circumstances and the type of reaction, it is impossible to answer the question. If you started the new medicine, and experienced a reaction, it could be due to allergy to the medication. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more

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How are drug allergies treated usually?

How are drug allergies treated usually?

See below: It depends on the severity of the reaction. Certainly removal of the offending drug is the first step. Then medication to help with itching or hives, an antihistamine maybe needed. Also, steroids are some times used. And in severe cases, hospitalization maybe indicated. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for seasonal allergies?

Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Big question: There are a lot of allergy medications & your time span is enormous. Could you take a medication that expired last month? Yes. Last year? Yes, but it might not work as well. Five years ago? Sure but why bother? Medications don't become dangerous as they age just gradually less effective. One exception is Epinephrine it rapidly loses effectiveness after expiration & its needed to save lives. ...Read more

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