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Taking Tarceva increases your risk for cornea damage, anemia, and life-threatening lung inflammation, among other problems. This product can also interfere with many medications and may not be safe for people who smoke, have kidney disease, or have been treated with chemotherapy in the past. Other safety precautions and warnings with Tarceva apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Tarceva® (erlotinib) if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure
  • A history of heart attack or chest pain
  • A history of stroke
  • An ulcer in the stomach or upper intestines (peptic ulcer) or diverticular disease (pouches that form in the colon and become inflamed)
  • A history of bleeding problems, such as bleeding in the stomach, intestines, or brain
  • A smoking habit
  • Been treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Lung disease or infection of the lungs
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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