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Gefitinib tablets are for oral administration while treating lung cancer. Iressa works on a very different manner from the mechanisms of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy for stopping cancer growth. It works by uniquely blocking cellular enzymes that stimulate cell growth. Iressa is taken alone, not with other chemotherapy.
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IRESSA Generic Gefitinib tablets contain 250 mg of gefitinib and are available as brown film- coated tablets for daily oral administration. Gefitinib is an anilinoquinazoline with an antineoplastic activity (a process that prevents or inhibits the maturation, growth or spread of tumor cells). Its chemical name is 4- Quinazolinamine, N-(3- chloro-4- fluorophenyl)-7-methoxy- 6-[ 3- 4- morpholin) propoxy].

This medication is been proven effective for treatment of lung cancer patients. To be more specific trials have shown the success of IRESSA medication on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients that have not responded to chemotherapy. Reportedly, gefitinib medication has shown substantial reduction in the size of NSCLC tumor; however, the cancer is not cured. It is a FDA approved drug.

FAQ about IRESSA or Gefitinib tablets for Treatment of Lung Cancer

 How IRESSA (gefitinib tablets) works?

IRESSA is an anti cancer drug that inhibits an enzyme tyrosine kinase, responsible for growth of lung cancer cells. It is a single agent for NSCLC treatment, though not indicated to use as first line therapy (chemotherapy) drug for the treatment of the disease as it has shown no benefit in two large, well controlled studies when used in that context.

 What if I missed a dose and in case of overdose?

You should take this drug under the instructions of your healthcare provider. In case of missing a regular time of a dose at a particular day, you may complete the course for the day by keeping 12 hour difference with the next day schedule. If you are unsure please consult your health provider.
In case of overdose, contact emergency services immediately.

 What are other treatment options for NSCLC?

Tarceva (erlotinib) and Taxotere (docetaxel) have shown advantage in survival of NSCLC patients in studies.

 What are the general causes of lung cancer?

 Smoking: Various tests and researches have proved prevalence of lung cancer to be associated with cigarette smoking, with about 90% of lung cancers arising as a result of tobacco use. And, it is the prime factor responsible for both type of lung cancer- small cell and non-small cell lung cancer. Statics shows smoking contribute to 80 percent and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and men, respectively. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Women are 13 times more likely, compared to never smokers.

 Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers have a 20-30 percent greater chance of developing lung cancer if they are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work.

 Radon gas is a known cause of lung cancer, with an estimated 12% of lung-cancer deaths attributable to radon gas, or about 20,000 lung-cancer-related deaths annually in the U.S., making radon the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

 Air pollution is also a prime contributor for increasing number of lung cancer. According to estimation up to 1% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to breathing polluted air. Exposure to contaminated air for a long increase risk for lung cancer.

 What are the alarming symptoms of Lung cancer?

Late diagnosis of this invasive disease is the result of unnoticed symptoms. According to a data approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed only at the advanced stage of lung cancer. In early stage lung cancer may not produce any attention grabbing signs but there are some alarming signals that can hint you for screening of this disease.

 Smokers have higher chances of lung cancer. And, if he or she (who smokes) is coughing more often, it’s the time to make a doctor’s appointment.
 A stubborn cough, that troubles you for a long (more than 3 week) need to be addressed immediately. Visit your doctor and follow his instructions if he refers X-ray or any other test.
 Shortness of breath may also be a symptom of lung cancer.
 Various type of chest pains whether it is sharp, dull, constant, or comes and goes like are also considered as an early sign of Lung cancer.
 Other than this any drop in health, weight loss should also be noticed.

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