What is Erlonat?
Erlonat containing the active ingredient erlotinib is considered a kinase inhibitor type of medication. It works by blocking the actions of certain proteins in the body to interfere with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body. It is mainly used to treat non-small lung cancer in patients when chemotherapy medications have not been effective. It can also be used along with other medications to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread to other areas of the body.
How is Erlonat used?
Erlonat is usually taken orally once per day or as directed by a doctor. The medication should always be taken on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Dosage will depend on the patient's condition and their response to the therapy, contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment. The tablets should be taken whole and not crushed, split or broken as the medication may be dangerous if it gets on your skin.
Patients using Erlonat may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Dry skin
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth sores
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Unusual fatigue
- Signs of infection
- Black, bloody or tarry stools
- Eye irritation or pain
- Vision or speech problems
- Shortness of breath
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Erlonat is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.