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As a type of chemotherapy treatment, Iressa® (gefitinib) is approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer in adults. It comes as a tablet that is usually taken once a day. Side effects are common and may include nausea, diarrhea, and acne.
If your healthcare provider recommends chemotherapy treatment with Iressa, he or she will need information on your medical history and any other medications, vitamins, or supplements you are using. By reviewing these details, you can help minimize your risk for potentially dangerous drug interactions or other serious complications. For example, Iressa may not be safe for people who have problems with their liver, kidneys, or lungs.
(To learn more about this chemotherapy drug, click Iressa. This full-length article covers more information, including details on how the medicine works, what to expect during treatment, and other important warnings and precautions.)
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