Q1. What is Alecensa (alectinib)?
Ans. Alecensa is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. It is used to treat a certain type of lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
Q2. How does it work?
Ans. Alectinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). Tyrosine kinases are specific enzymes (a type of protein) that may signal cancer cells to grow. TKI’s block these cell signals and by barricading the signals, they prevent the growth of the cancer cells. Alectinib blocks the abnormal ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) protein.
Q3. What are the side effects?
Ans. Some common side effects are :- vomiting, constipation, chest pain, joint pain, shortness of breath, muscle and bone pain, weakness, fever, weight gain, swelling, skin rash, slow heart rate.
Q4. In what strength is it available?
Ans. It is available in the strength of 150mg.
Q5. What should i avoid while taking this medicine?
Ans. You should try to avoid sunlight because alecensa may make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight. While you’re taking this medication you may get severe sunburns. Because of this you should use sunscreen with at least SPF50. Doing this will help to protect you from sunburn .
Q6. How to take Alecensa capsules?
Ans. It should be taken orally by mouth twice a day with food. One should take alecensa capsules according to their doctor instructions.
Q7. Is Alecensa chemotherapy?
Ans. No, this is not a chemotherapy. Alecensa is a type of targeted therapy which works only on specific cells in your body.
Q8. What if I miss a dose?
Ans. Immediately contact your doctor in case you miss a dose.
Q9. Is it safe to take Alecensa capsules during pregnancy?
Ans. This medication is not recommended for pregnant womens, it may cause harm to the unborn baby.
Q10. Can I consume alcohol while taking Alecensa capsules?
Ans. It is not known whether it is safe or not. Please consult your doctor.
Q11. Is it safe to take Alecensa capsules during breastfeeding?
Ans. This medicine should not be used by women who are breastfeeding.
Q12. What are the storage conditions?
Ans. Alecensa capsules should be stored at room temperature.
Q13. Are there any self-care tips?
Ans. Keep yourself hydrated while taking this medicine. Avoid sun exposure and crowded places. Maintain good nutrition.
Q14. Is it safe to drive after taking Alecensa (alectinib) capsules?
Ans. It may cause dizziness which may affect your ability to concentrate.