Lorlatinib works to stop cancer cells from growing to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This type of cancer causes cancer cells to originate in your lung tissues and grow slowly. This medication comes in a tablet form that you can take by mouth as directed. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food.
LORLATINIB (lor LA ti nib) is a medicine that targets proteins in cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lorbrena
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Take this medicine by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Swallow the tablets whole. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Avoid grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If your next dose is to be taken in less than 4 hours, then do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
This medicine may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 6 months after stopping it. Women must use a non-hormonal form of birth control while taking this medicine. Women will also need to take it for 6 months after stopping the medicine. There is potential for serious harm to an unborn child. Tell your health care provider right away if you think you might be pregnant. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine or for 7 days after stopping it.
Males who get this medicine must use a condom during sex with females who can get pregnant. If you get a woman pregnant, there is potential for serious harm to an unborn child. You will need to continue wearing a condom for 3 months after stopping the medicine. Tell your health care provider right away if you think your partner might be pregnant.
This medicine may make it more difficult to father a child. It is usually temporary. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your fertility.
Avoid taking medicines that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your health care provider. These medicines may hide a fever.
Be careful brushing or flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Call your health care provider for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
This medicine can increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decrease HDL (the good cholesterol) levels. Your health care provider may check your cholesterol. It may be necessary to change your diet or take new prescription medicines to help lower cholesterol. Alcohol can increase the risk of high cholesterol. Avoid alcoholic drinks while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your health care provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
If you or your family notice any changes in your behavior, such as new or worsening depression, thoughts of harming yourself, anxiety, other unusual or disturbing thoughts, or memory loss, call your health care provider right away.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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