What is tarceva (erlotinib)?

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.

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What is tarceva (erlotinib)?

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...

When is tarceva (erlotinib) indicated?

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...

What is the definition or description of: tarceva (erlotinib)?

For cancer. Tarceva (erlotinib) is a member of a class of drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is used to treat certain types of cancers including non small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. Read more...
Tarceva-TKI . Tarceva (erlotinib) is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that inhibits the signalling through a uncontrolled (mutated) egfr receptor (epidermal growth factor receptor). Used in lung cancer. May have some use in pancreatic cancer also. Read more...

Whilst on tarceva, (erlotinib) is there a specific diet you need to follow?

Grapefruit. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoid while taking tarceva (erlotinib) as it can change the level of an enzyme in the body and thereby increase the amount if tarceva (erlotinib) 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...

What will happen if I take two tarceva (erlotinib) tablets by mistake having 150 mg each?

No problem. It is unlikely that you will suffer any side effects from taking a single extra dose of tarceva (erlotinib). Resume your usual dose tomorrow, and make sure to organize your medication so you know exactly what you took each day. Read more...