Composition Alectinib 150mg
Primary Use Indicated for the treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (mNSCLC) as detected by an FDA- approved test.
Medicine Overview of Alecensa 150mg
Uses of Alecensa 150mg
Alecensa is a prescription medicine used to treat people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body and whose type of NSCLC is caused by an abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene.
Alecensa 150mg side effects
- Common: Tiredness, constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling ankles/feet/hands, back pain, headache, weight gain, or vision changes (such as blurred vision, decreased vision) may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn’t stop, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), slow heartbeat, dizziness, light headedness, fainting, unexplained muscle pain/tenderness/weakness, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
- Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: new/worsening lung disease (such as trouble breathing, shortness of breath, cough, fever), chest pain, sudden severe bleeding, black/bloody stools, vomit that contains blood or looks like coffee grounds.
- A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
How to use Alecensa 150mg
- Take Alecensa exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- Do not change your dose or stop taking Alecensa unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose, temporarily stop, or permanently stop treatment with Alecensa if you have side effects.
- Take Alecensa 2 times a day.
- Take Alecensa with food.
- Swallow Alecensa capsules whole. Do not open or dissolve the capsule contents.
- If you vomit after taking a dose of Alecensa, do not take an extra dose. Take your next dose at your regular time.
How Alecensa 150mg works
Alectinib is used to treat NSCLC that is caused by an abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene and certain type of lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. Alectinib belongs to a class of drugs known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
In Depth Information on Alecensa 150mg
Expert advice for Alecensa 150mg
- Avoid spending time in the sunlight during treatment with ALECENSA and for 7 days after the final dose of Alectinib. You may burn more easily and get severe sunburns. Use sunscreen and lip balm with a SPF 50 or greater to help protect against sunburn. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps during treatment and for at least 1 week after stopping this medication. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Alecensa 150mg related warnings
Special precautions for Alecensa 150mg
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
This drug may make you dizzy or cause vision changes. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Limit alcoholic beverages.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. It is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while taking this medication. Female patients should use reliable forms of birth control during treatment and for at least 1 week after stopping this drug. Male patients and their female partners should use reliable forms of birth control during treatment and for 3 months after stopping this drug. If you or your partner become pregnant or may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this medication and for 1 week after stopping this medication. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely.
Alectinib may cause severe or life-threatening kidney problems. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a change in the amount or color of your urine, or if you get new or worsening swelling in your legs or feet.
Alectinib may cause liver injury. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests at least every 2 weeks for the first 3 months, and then 1 time each month and as needed during treatment with Alectinib. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following signs and symptoms:feeling tired, feeling less hungry than usual, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, dark urine, itchy skin, nausea or vomiting, pain on the right side of your stomach area, bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.
What if you miss a dose of Alecensa 150mg?
If you miss a dose of ALECENSA, do not take the missed dose. Take your next dose at your regular time.