Generic Name: Afatinib
Brand Names: Gilotrif
Gilotrif (afatinib) is known as a cancer medication that have an interference with the development and spread of the cancer cells within the body. Gilotrif is consumed for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer that spreads to the various body parts. This medicine is also used for other reasons which are not listed here.
Gilotrif (Afatinib) Uses
Afatinib or Gilotrif is used for treating some kinds of lung cancer that has spread over the other body parts. It is from the drug class called as kinase inhibitors. It functions in the body by reducing or stopping the cancer cell growth which binds to some protein epidermal factor of growth stopping or slowing down the growth of cancer cells. It binds itself to some kind of protein (EGFR) present in tumors of some kind.
Gilotrif (Afatinib) Side Effects
The main side effects includes sores in the mouth sores, pain or swelling of the lips, acne, dry skin, runny nose, nose bleed, or loss of appetite might happen. If any of these effects worsen or persist, let your doctor pharmacist know about it promptly.
Keep in mind that your doctor has recommended this medicine to you as according to him the benefit of this medicine are more than the risk of side effects.
Diarrhea is among the common side effects of this medicine. You should drink and consume as much water as you can in order to reduce the dehydration risk. Your doctor might recommend the anti-diarrhea medication to you for controlling your symptoms. Let your doctor know if you have persistent or severe diarrhea, dehydration symptoms (for example rare reduced urination, uncommon dry mouth, or dizziness, fast heartbeat).
Let your doctor know straight away if you are having you have any kind of serious side effects, which includes: eye disease signs for example changes in the vision, redness in the eye or sensitivity towards light, low level of blood potassium signs, bladder infection signs like burning or pain in urinating or etc., frequent or urgent urination, skin infection signs around the toenails or nails.
Gilotrif (Afatinib) Precautions
Before you consume the afatinib, let your doctor know if you are having allergic reactions with this medicine or if you have any other kind of allergy. This medicine might have inactive components which may produce the allergic reactions or other problems as well.
Before you consume this medicine, let your doctor or pharmacist know about your complete medical history, especially about the kidney or liver problems, eye disease like dry eyes or keratitis.
This drug has a tendency to produce blurred vision so avoid driving vehicle or using heavy machinery with this medicine. Until you are sure about doing it safely.
Gilotrif (Afatinib) Interactions
There are other medicine that can impact the removal of afatinib from the body, which might influence the way this medicine works. Examples comprise of rifamycins, seizures drugs, St. John’s worth, and other as well.