Everolimus for Lung Cancer Treatment
Everolimus in combination with pemetrexed is used in treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The US brand name of everolimus is Afinitor. It is approved for treatment for advanced NSCLC in patients treated previously with chemotherapy. It may be available in some situations. Your cancer doctor can tell you if it is appropriate for you.
Generally, the Everolimus tablet is taken once a day and at the same time of each day. You should always take the drug exactly as the pharmacist explained. Also, in case you forget to take tablet, do not take its double dose.
Precautions to be taken
You should not use Everolimus if you are allergic to any ingredient in Everolimus. You should tell your pharmacist if you are pregnant or are breast-feeding or if you are taking any prescription medicine. If you have diabetes or high blood sugar, you should inform beforehand. Before starting Everolimus treatment, you should tell your doctor about any other medications that you are taking such as vitamins, herbal medicines, prescribed medicines etc. You should not receive any kind of immunization without the approval of your doctor.
Common Side Effects
Some of the common side effects that come with Everolimus include:
- You may develop a rash skin and some people may feel itchy.
- Feeling tired is a common side effect.
- You may have diarrhea or your mouth may become sore.
- Everolimus may temporarily weaken your immune system. It may increase the risk of developing blood clot.
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The information offered in this blog about treatment of lung cancer is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health practitioner before taking this medication.