Alectinib (By mouth)
Treats non-small cell lung cancer.
Antineoplastic Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Alectinib is used to treat metastatic (cancer that has already spread) non-small cell lung cancer in patients who have an abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene. It is used in patients who have already received other medicines that did not work well. Alectinib interferes with the growth of cancer cells which are then destroyed by the body. It is an antineoplastic agent (cancer medicine).
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
Swallow the capsule whole. Do not open, crush, or chew it.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Missed dose: If you miss a dose or vomit after taking a dose, skip that dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
Most people are able to take this medicine without serious problems. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
This medicine may cause birth defects if either partner is using it during conception or pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you or your partner becomes pregnant. Women should use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 1 week after the last dose. Men should use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 3 months after the last dose.
Do not breastfeed during treatment and for at least 1 week after the last dose.
Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Liver problems Interstitial lung disease or pneumonitis Bradycardia (slow heartbeat) Myalgia (muscle pain)
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
Slow or uneven heartbeat
Swelling in your hands, feet, or legs
Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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