Erleva is a medication used to treat non-small cell lung cancer. It contains the active substance Erlotinib and is manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Erleva is available in the form of 100 mg tablets and comes in a pack of 30 tablets.
Erleva is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer in individuals with certain genetic mutations that promote tumor growth. It works by blocking the activity of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) protein, which plays a key role in the growth and spread of cancer cells.
HOW TO USE:
Erleva should be taken orally with or without food as directed by your doctor. The recommended dosage for Erleva is one tablet of 100 mg per day. The duration of treatment varies depending on the individual’s response to treatment.
Erleva should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture. Keep the medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Mechanism of action:
Erleva works by inhibiting the activity of the EGFR protein, which is highly expressed in non-small cell lung cancer cells. By blocking the activity of this protein, Erleva suppresses the growth and spread of cancer cells, leading to a better prognosis and improved survival rates.
Erleva should be used with caution in patients with liver or kidney disease. It should also be used with caution in pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as the use of Erleva may harm the fetus or infant.
Erleva should not be used with certain medications, such as rifampin and phenytoin, due to the potential risk of serious adverse effects. It should also be used with caution in patients with a history of severe allergic reactions to medications.
Erleva may interact with other medications, such as antacids and proton pump inhibitors, that affect its absorption and efficacy. Inform your doctor about all medications you are currently taking to avoid any interactions.
Overdose of Erleva can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Seek immediate medical attention in case of an overdose.
Common side effects of Erleva include rash, diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue. It may also cause a decrease in white blood cell count, leading to an increased risk of infection. However, most side effects of Erleva are mild and resolve on their own over time. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any severe side effects while taking Erleva.