Brand Name:- Giotrif
Generic Name:- Afatinib
Manufacturer:- Boehringer Ingelheim
Dosage Form:- Tablets
Packaging:- 30 tablets
Indication:- Non-small cell lung cancer
Storage:- Store medicine at room temperature.
Giotrif (Afatinib) medicine helps to treat and prevent the growth of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Afatinib 30mg Tablet is an anticancer medicine. Afatinib 30mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicine called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor which blocks proteins that promote the growth of cancer cells. It comes in the form of tablets and is to be taken on an empty stomach. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) results from the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in the lung. EGFR is a protein found on the surface of cancer cells that controls the development of cancerous cells. Afatinib 30mg Tablet is not recommended to use if you are allergic to it. Dose administration is decided by your doctor.
How does Afatinib 30mg Tablet work?
Afatinib 30mg Tablet is a powerful and selective, irreversible ErbB family blocker. It irreversibly blocks signals from all homo heterodimers formed by the ErbB family members EGFR (ErbB1), ErbB2, ErbB3, and ErbB4. The effect of Afatinib 30mg Tablet can be observed within 2 to 5 hours after oral administration.
Side effects of Giotrif (Afatinib 30mg Tablet)
Afatinib 30mg Tablet may cause some serious and unwanted side effects. Which requires immediate medical attention otherwise it can also lead to higher risk. Do not forget to discuss the risk and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
Common side effects
Runny or stuffy nose
Change in taste
Swelling around nails
Serious side effects
Trouble in breathing
Note- If any of these side effects occur, please contact your doctor
Use Afatinib 30mg Tablet as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medicine in the wrong way and make sure to take this medication according to your dosing schedule.
Usage of Giotrif (Afatinib 30mg Tablet)
Afatinib 30mg Tablet is prescribed to use in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. Take this medicine orally once a day. This medicine should be taken at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after the meals. Do not stop the use of this medicine without taking permission from your doctor. Take this medicine as prescribed by your medical advisor. Try not to miss your regular dosing schedule. Protect Afatinib 30mg Tablet from heat and light.
Before starting treatment with the Giotrif tablet, do not forget to discuss your previous medical history with your doctor.
Children and adolescents
Warnings for female
General warning and precautions
Afatinib 30mg Tablet should be used with caution because it may increase the risk of skin reactions.
Avoid sunlight and use sunscreen during treatment with this medicine.
This medication may increase the risk of severe diarrhea and renal impairment.
This medication increases the risk of lung disorders like shortness of breath etc.
Close monitoring of liver function is required during the treatment with this medicine.
Afatinib 30mg Tablet may cause eye problems such as - pain in the eyes, blurred vision, and tearing.
Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
Do not crush, chew, or break the medicine.
May harm liver
Not safe for pregnant women
Do not drive if you experience dizziness.
May cause rash or skin irritation
Q1. What is Giotrif (Afatinib 30mg Tablet)?
Ans. Afatinib 30mg Tablet is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer that is also spread in other areas of the body and has abnormal EGF receptor genes which promote the growth of cancer cells.
Q2. How does this medication work?
Ans. Afatinib belongs to a class of medicines called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. This medicine blocks the signals of a particular protein which tells the cancer cells to grow.
Q3. How to take Afatinib 30mg Tablet?
Ans. Take Afatinib 30mg Tablet orally once a day and it should be taken at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after the meals. Do not stop the dosage before taking permission from your doctor.
Q4. What are the common side effects of Afatinib 30mg Tablet?
Ans. Some common side effects of Afatinib 30mg Tablet are:- diarrhea, muscle pain, loss of appetite, skin rash, vomiting, stomach pain, blurred vision, change of taste, mouth sore, etc.
Q5. Who should not take Afatinib 30mg Tablet?
Ans. Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to afatinib, or other drugs that are used in this medicine.
Q6. In what strength is it available?
Ans. It is available in the strength of 20mg, 30mg, 40mg.
Q7. What if I miss a dose?
Ans. In case you miss a dose try to take the medicine as soon as you remember or skip the dose and take your next dose according to your dosing schedule.
Q8. Can I drive after taking Afatinib 30mg Tablet?
Ans. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms of dizziness because it may affect your ability to drive.
Q9. Can I take Afatinib 30mg Tablet during pregnancy?
Ans. Afatinib 30mg Tablet is not recommended for pregnant women.
Q10. Can I take Afatinib 30mg Tablet during breastfeeding?
Ans. This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless it is necessary.
Q11. Can I consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
Ans. Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor before consuming alcohol.
Q12. How long does it take for this medicine to show effect?
Ans. The effect of this medicine can be observed within 2 to 5 hours after oral administration.
Q13. Does this affect liver function?
Ans. Afatinib 30mg Tablet may harm your liver. Your doctor will monitor your liver functioning during the treatment with this medicine.
Q14. What are the storage conditions for Afatinib 30mg Tablet?
Ans. Store Afatinib 30mg Tablet at room temperature. Protect from heat and light.
Interactions may change how your medication works and increase the risk of side effects. Discuss with your doctor about your previous medical history.
Afatinib 30mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients who are suffering from lung disease. This medicine can worsen your condition. Please refer to your doctor in case of this.
Afatinib 30mg Tablet may interact if you have kidney, liver, or heart disease. Your doctor will monitor you closely during the treatment with this drug.
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