Why use Erlonat for cancer?
Erlonat is a potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor. It has shown survival benefits in treating metastatic lung cancer. It was found that the overall survival rate is improved by 19% when Erlonat is added to chemotherapy.
Erlonat is an FDA approved anticancer drug. It is used in treating NSCLC that has failed from at least one chemotherapy regimen. Erlonat has also been approved to use in combination with gemcitabine in treating pancreatic cancer.
How does Erlonat work?
Erlonat contains Erlotinib as an active ingredient. It is a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor that acts on the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Erlonat works by blocking the protein that signals the abnormal cells from growing and multiplying. This slows down or stops the growth of cancer cells.
How to use Erlonat?
Erlonat comes in a tablet form that you need to take by mouth. Take Erlonat once a day in an empty stomach. Usually, it is taken 1 to 2 hours after a meal. When taking this potent drug, take it around the same time each day. Take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor. In case of a missed dose, contact your doctor right away.
Erlonat is available in 100mg and 150 mg. For adults with NSCLC, the recommended dose is 150mg a day. For pancreatic cancer patients, the dose is 100mg a day. The duration of your treatment depends on your condition and your response to the treatment. Continue taking Erlonat until your doctor tells you to stop.
What are the side effects of Erlonat?
Erlonat may cause unwanted side effects. Inform your doctor if you will experience any of the following possible side effects:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- mouth sores
- extreme tiredness
- bone or muscle pain
- numbness, burning, or tingling of the hands or feet
- swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- hair loss
- darkening of skin
- changes in the appearance of the hair and nails
Serious side effects are:
- blistering, burning and tenderness of the skin
- chest pain
- difficulty speaking
- sensitive to light
- fever and chill
- dark urine
- yellow and pale skin
- sunken eyes
- bloody vomit
- unusual bruising and bleeding
Warning and Precautions
- Inform your doctor about any medication that you are taking before using this drug. Do not take any products that contain aspirin.
- Erlonat can harm an unborn baby. Do not conceive a child.
- Avoid vaccines.
- Use a soft toothbrush to prevent mouth sores. Rinse your mouth three times with ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda. You may also use ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of water.
- Avoid sun exposure.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Maintain a good nutrition.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Take an anti-emetic drug to reduce nausea and vomiting. Consult your doctor about this.