Drugs & Medications - trifluridine-tipiracil oral
trifluridine-tipiracil oral Warnings
trifluridine-tipiracil oral Uses
This medication is used to treat cancer of the colon and rectum which has spread to other parts of the body. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.How to use trifluridine-tipiracil oral
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This drug is not taken every day. On the days you are supposed to take this medication, take it by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice in one day. Take your dose(s) within 1 hour after eating your morning and/or evening meals. Follow your doctor's directions exactly.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times on the days your doctor directs.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets. You and your caregiver should wear gloves when handling this medication. Wash your hands after handling the tablets.
trifluridine-tipiracil oral Side Effects
Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, change in taste, or hair loss may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Many people using this medication have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this drug because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, stuffy/runny nose, burning/painful/frequent/urgent urination, fever).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, trouble breathing.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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trifluridine-tipiracil oral Precautions
Before taking trifluridine/tipiracil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially immune system problems.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. To prevent pregnancy, both males and females using trifluridine/tipiracil must use reliable form(s) of birth control during treatment and for at least 3 months after the end of treatment. Men taking this medication should use condoms during sex with women who are pregnant or of childbearing age. Consult your doctor for more details. If you or your partner becomes pregnant or may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug and for one day after the last dose is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
trifluridine-tipiracil oral Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: other drugs that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as efalizumab, natalizumab).
trifluridine-tipiracil oral Overdose
Do not share this medication with others.
Lab and/or medical tests (such as complete blood counts) must be done while you are taking this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.MISSED DOSE:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.STORAGE:
Store at room temperature in its original bottle away from light and moisture. If stored outside of the original bottle, then throw away any unused tablets after 30 days. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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Information last revised July 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.
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