Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Iressa
Generic Name: gefitinib (Pronunciation: ge FI ti nib)
What is gefitinib (Iressa)?
Gefitinib is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.
Gefitinib may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Iressa 250 mg
round, brown, imprinted with IRESSA 250
What are the possible side effects of gefitinib (Iressa)?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects from gefitinib, contact your doctor immediately:
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking gefitinib and talk to your doctor if you experience:
Other side effects have also been reported. Discuss with your doctor any side effect that occurs during treatment with gefitinib. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about gefitinib (Iressa)?
Gefitinib should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.
Serious side effects have been reported with the use of gefitinib including: allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); lung problems; liver problems; eye problems; severe nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea; and others. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects from treatment with gefitinib.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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