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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tarceva include the following:
  • This medication comes in tablet form. It is normally taken by mouth once a day.
  • Tarceva should be taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after food.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit while taking this medicine.
  • Try to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • For Tarceva to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Tarceva your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
  • Why you are using the medication
  • How well you tolerate it
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may take.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Tarceva Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Tarceva

Just like any medicine, Tarceva can cause side effects. Although not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems, most people will experience side effects. If reactions do occur, in many cases, you or your healthcare provider can treat them. Serious problems are less common.
Common side effects of Tarceva include but are not limited to:
(Click Tarceva Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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