What is Iressa 250 mg Tablet?
Iressa belongs to the group of medications called antineoplastics, or anti-cancer medications. Iressa, manufactured by Astra Zeneca, contains Gefitinib as active ingredient. It is a prescription drug that should be used under proper medical guidance and advice. Do not share the medicine with others, since they may be suffering from a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.
When is Iressa 250 mg Tablet prescribed ?
Iressa Tablet is used for treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma are all subtypes of NSCLC. It usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer
How Does Iressa (Gefitinib) 250 mg Tablet Work ?
Gefitinib is a type of biological therapy called a protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). Tyrosine kinase is a protein which acts as a chemical messenger (an enzyme). There are a number of different tyrosine kinases that encourage cancer cells to grow.
Iressa (Gefitinib) works by preventing lung cancer cells from growing and multiplying. Many cells, including cancer cells, have receptors on their surfaces for epidermal growth factor (EGF), a protein that is normally produced by the body and that promotes the growth and multiplication of cells. When EGF attaches to epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs), it causes an enzyme called tyrosine kinase to become active within the cells. Tyrosine kinase triggers chemical processes that cause the cells, including cancer cells, to grow, multiply, and spread. Gefitinib attaches to EGFRs and thereby blocks the attachment of EGF and the activation of tyrosine kinase.
What are the adverse effects of Iressa 250 mg Tablets ?
When you take Gefitinib cancer medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. This medicine can cause some side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe and the risk of getting side effects varies from person to person. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Gefitinib :
Common Side Effects of Iressa Tablets : Acne ; Diarrhea ; Dry Skin ; Feeling Weak ; Itching ; Loss of Appetite ; Rash ; Weight Loss ; Sore mouth and ulcers ; Hair Loss ; Nail problems ; High temperature (fever) etc.
Serious Side Effects of Iressa Tablets : Inflammation of the pancreas ; Allergic reaction ; inflammation of the liver ; A hole in the stomach or bowel ; Lung Tissue Problems ; Nosebleed ; Bloody Urine etc.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Gefitinib 250mg Tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What are the safety measures of Iressa 250 mg ?
Before Taking Iressa cancer medication, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. Follow the following prescription medicine precautions :
|Iressa 250mg may be harmful for your baby during pregnancy. Take proper medical help in case you are pregnant, may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future.|
|For the safety of baby, it is recommended that women who are receiving Iressa cancer medicine after pregnancy, stop or not start breastfeeding. Iressa may appear in high levels in breast milk and could potentially harm your nursing baby.|
|Your health care professional can check blood tests to regularly monitor your liver and kidney function, while you are taking Iressa . It is also important to check your levels of blood cells and other substances in the blood.|
|Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Iressa ; or if you have any other allergies. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Gefitinib 250 mg Tablets.|
|There is no specific study, but no drinking is recommended during treatment with Iressa cancer medicines because it can cause dangerous side effects. So, consult your doctor before alcohol consumption.|
|If you use other prescription drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Iressa Tablet may change. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage drug interactions.|
|If you miss a dose of Iressa 250mg, contact your pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule. Be careful not to take doses too close together because you might get side effects. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.|
|Do not take Iressa after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack. Do not take it if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.|
|During your treatment with Iressa, it is very important for your doctor to know about your medical history if you have Kidney problems, liver problems, heart disease, triglycerides, diabetes or other health problems.|
What are the storage instructions for Iressa 250 mg ?
Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner.
- Store Gefitinib tablet in a cool and dry place (Not in refrigerator).
• Discard the medicine if its expiry date (exp. date) has crossed.
• Keep this cancer medicine away from the reach of children or pets. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
• Keep your medicine in the original container until it is time to take them.
• Do not store Iressa or any other medicine in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.