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Safe Tarceva Pregnant
No: It is not safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills tarceva. Iam also on heart medisen.Will this be safe for me to take?
Erlotinib: Is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, dominantly with skin effects, and minor diarrhea. As an egfr active small molecule, i don't know of any interactions with "heart meds" which sure is a broad category. Always best to check with both specialists: oncologist and cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Targeted therapy: It is a targeted therapy. It is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor pill that targets part of the egfr pathway. Recently we have learned that there a several gene mutations that are found in lung cancer. If a patient has a mutation of the egfr system that their lung cancer developed, this drug can be more effective than chemotherapy in controlling their cancer. ...Read more
Cancer: Specifically lung cancer, but perhaps others, in which a specific mutation is present. For now it is only used for people with metastatic lung cancer, but some other forms of cancer in which specific activating egfr mutations are present. For those with the proper activating mutations, it is very effective, but the response typically does not last. Tumors evolve the means to adapt to the drug. ...Read more
Grapefruit: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoid while taking tarceva as it can change the level of an enzyme in the body and thereby increase the amount if tarceva in the body. It also should be taken in an empty stomach as food increases it's absorption and timid hard to maintain a constant dose in the blood if it is taken with different amounts or types of food. ...Read more
Erlotinib: Technical: inhibitor of the thyrosine kinase activity of egfr. King's english: oral medication in the category of targeted therapies that interferes with the molecular mechanisms that make cancer cells grow. The idea is to cause damage to the cancer cell with minimal collateral damage to normal cells. Currently approved for treatment of lung cancer and pancreatic cancer too if i'm not mistaken. ...Read more
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