If you have pancreatic cancer or non-small cell lung cancer, your healthcare provider may prescribe Tarceva® (erlotinib) to help slow down the progression of your disease. This medicine comes as a tablet that is taken once daily on an empty stomach. The tablets are available in the following strengths:
Tarceva 25 mg
Tarceva 100 mg
Tarceva 150 mg.
You may not be able to take this drug if you have certain allergies or if you are taking certain medications, vitamins, or supplements. Nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea are among the possible side effects.
(To learn more about this product, click Tarceva. This overview article takes a closer look at a number of topics, including how this medicine works, safety issues to keep in mind, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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Tarceva [package insert]. Farmingdale, NY: OSI Pharmaceuticals, LLC;2013 May.
Tarceva Web site. Available at: http://www.tarceva.com/. Accessed October 23, 2011.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed October 22, 2011.
Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 8th ed. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2008.
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