Alecensa is used to treat metastatic (cancer that has already spread) non-small cell lung cancer in patients who have an abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene.
It is used in patients who have already received other medications that did not work well.
Alectinib interferes with the growth of cancer cells which are then destroyed by the body.
It is an antineoplastic agent (cancer medication).
This medication is only available with your doctor’s prescription.
This medication is available in the following forms:
2 What To Know Before Using
As with all medicines, the risks of using Alecensa must be compared to how much this medication will help you. This is a decision that you and your doctor will make together.
For this medication, there are many things that need to be considered:
Allergies - Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Doxorubicin or to any other medications. It is also important to inform your doctor of any non-medicine allergies such as foods, dyes, preservatives or animals.
Pediatric - No appropriate studies have been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of this medication in children. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Geriatric - No appropriate studies have been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of this medication in the elderly. However, no elderly-specific problems have been documented to date.
Breastfeeding - There are no up-to-date studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication while breastfeeding. Weigh the potential risks with the benefits before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Drug Interactions - Certain medications should not be used together. However, in certain cases, two medications may be used together, even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change your dose or take other precautions.When taking this medication, it is important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any prescription or over the counter medications.
Other Interactions - Certain medications should not be used while eating, or while eating certain foods in case of negative interactions. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medications may also cause negative interactions. Talk with your doctor about the use of your medication with food, alcohol or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems - Pre-existing medical problems may affect the use of this medication. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Medications to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving Alecensa, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to communicate and work with your doctor closely.
Only take this medication as directed by your doctor. Do not take more, less or for a longer or shorter period of time than your doctor tells you.
This medication comes with a patient information brochure. It is very important that you read this information. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Take this medication with food. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not open, crush or chew it.
Different patients will be given a different dose of this medication based on the strength of the medication. The number of doses you take each day, the time between doses and the length of time you take this medication depends on the reason you are taking this medication.
The following information only includes the average dose of this medication. If your dose is different, do not change it without first speaking to your doctor.
Adults - Start with 600mg twice a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed and tolerated.
Children - Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your normal dosing schedule. Do not double dose.
If you vomit after taking this medication, do not take an extra dose. Take your next dose at the regular time.
Store this medication in a closed container at room temperature. Keep it away form heat, moisture and direct light. Do not freeze.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep expired medication or medication you no longer need. Ask your doctor how to dispose of any medication you do not use.
4 Precautions To Take
It is very important that your doctor checks in with you often while you are receiving Alecensa to make sure that it is working properly.
Using this medication while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. It may also cause birth defects if the father is using it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. Women should use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 1 week after the last dose.
Men with sexual partners should use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 3 months after the last dose. If you think a pregnancy has occurred with this medication, inform your doctor immediately.
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