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- LAPATINIB DITOSYLATE 250mg
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Lapatinib exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not stop this medicine unless your doctor has advised you to do so.
Take Lapatinib on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after a meal.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver or heart disease.
For as long as you are taking Lapatinib, you will need to have regular blood tests to check your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not take Lapatinib if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with Lapatinib, alert your doctor immediately. Lapatinib may cause harm to your unborn child. Both men and women must use proven birth control methods while being treated with Lapatinib. You may wish to discuss birth control methods with your doctor.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are undergoing treatment with Lapatinib.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
Do not eat raw food or food that is not cooked thoroughly, such as sushi and soft-boiled eggs. Meat should be cooked until well-done. Do not take unpasteurised milk, cheese or fruit juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Lapatinib is used to treat breast cancer. It is used together with another anti-cancer medicine called capecitabine to treat breast cancer.
What side effects could I experience?
Diarrhoea is a very common side effect with Lapatinib. Mild diarrhoea can be managed with simple medicines, rest and by drinking plenty of water. However, if you get severe diarrhoea, call your doctor quickly.
Other common side effects include nausea, vomiting, indigestion, loss of appetite, mouth ulcers, tiredness, rashes, pain and blistering especially on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Lapatinib may also cause some changes in your heart function. Call your doctor quickly if you have palpitations (very fast or irregular heart beat) or if you have difficulty breathing.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- Medicines to regulate your heartbeat
- Antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole
- Antibiotics such as clarithromycin, telithromycin
- Mood medicines such as nefazodone
- Epilepsy medicines such as carbamazepine, phenytoin
- TB medicines such as rifampicin
- HIV medicines such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir
- herbs such as St. John's wort
- other medicines such as dexamethasone, phenobarbital
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.