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Geftistar : Gefitinib 250 mg Tablets

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Brand Name : Geftistar
Composition : Gefitinib
Manufactured by : Hetero Ltd.
Marketed by : Lupin Ltd.
Strength : 250 mg
Form : Tablets
Packing : Pack of 100 Tablets

Prescription Required *


What is Geftistar 250 mg Tablets?

Geftistar belongs to the group of medications called antineoplastics, or anti-cancer medications. Geftistar, manufactured by Hetero, contains Gefitinib as active ingredient. It is a prescription drug that should be used under proper medical guidance and advice. Do not share the medicine with others, since they may be suffering from a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.

What is the use of Geftistar Gefitinib Tablets?

Geftistar Tablet is used for treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma are all subtypes of NSCLC. It usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer.

How Does Gefitinib 250 mg Tablets Work?

Geftistar (Gefitinib) works by preventing lung cancer cells from growing and multiplying. Many cells, including cancer cells, have receptors on their surfaces for epidermal growth factor (EGF), a protein that is normally produced by the body and that promotes the growth and multiplication of cells. When EGF attaches to epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs), it causes an enzyme called tyrosine kinase to become active within the cells. Tyrosine kinase triggers chemical processes that cause the cells, including cancer cells, to grow, multiply, and spread. Gefitinib attaches to EGFRs and thereby blocks the attachment of EGF and the activation of tyrosine kinase.

What are the side effects of Geftistar 250 mg Tablets?

When you take Gefitinib cancer medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. This medicine can cause some side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe and the risk of getting side effects varies from person to person. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Gefitinib:

Common Side Effects of Geftistar Tablets : Acne ; Diarrhea ; Dry Skin ; Feeling Weak ; Itching ; Loss of Appetite ; Rash ; Weight Loss ; Sore mouth and ulcers ; Hair Loss ; Nail problems ; High temperature (fever) etc.


Serious Side Effects of Geftistar Tablets : Inflammation of the pancreas ; Allergic reaction ; inflammation of the liver ; A hole in the stomach or bowel ; Lung Tissue Problems ; Nosebleed ; Bloody Urine etc.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Geftistar Gefitinib Tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.


What are the precautions & warnings of Gefitinib 250 mg Tablets?

Before Taking Geftistar cancer medication, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. Follow the following prescription medicine precautions :

Missed Dose : More than 80% of patients occasionally miss a dose of their medication. Forgetting to take your medicines at the normal time means they might not work as well as they should. For best results, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of Geftistar medication as instructed. If you miss a dose, contact your health care provider or pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule. Be careful not to take doses too close together because you might get side effects. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Overdose : If you’ve taken more than the recommended amount of Gefitinib 250 mg Tablets or enough to have a harmful effect on your body’s functions, you have overdosed. A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. The severity of a drug overdose depends on the drug, the amount taken, and the physical and medical history of the person who overdosed. If you think you or your friend has overdosed, call an ambulance straight away. You and your friend need medical help as soon as possible.

Allergies : Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Geftistar cancer drug or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes or preservatives. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pregnancy : Naturally, if you are pregnant and taking Geftistar medicine, one of your greatest concerns will be for your unborn child. Because, this cancer medicine may be harmful for your baby during pregnancy. So, if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, please tell your doctor. Your pharmacist must understand your condition in order to monitor your health, and so your baby can be protected from infection soon after birth. You can also consult with your doctor about birth control methods that will work for you.

Breast-feeding : It is not known whether Geftistar cancer medicine is excreted in human milk. Mothers should be instructed not to breastfeed if they are taking Gefitinib medicine.

Medical History : Some medical conditions may interact with Geftistar. If you have any health problems, please inform your doctor or pharmacist, especially if any of the following apply to you:

• If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
• if you have a history of diabetes, lupus, pancreatitis, lung disease (eg, pulmonary fibrosis), kidney problems etc.
• If you have problems with your hormone glands (eg, thyroid, pituitary);
• if you have had a stroke;
• If you have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus);
• If you have high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood);
• If you have congestive heart failure;
• If you have any type of active infection;
• If you recently had surgery or plan to have surgery;
• If you have a history of fluid retention etc.

What are the storage instructions for Geftistar Gefitinib Medicine?

Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner. The major instructions one should follow while storing Gefitinib tablet include:

• Store Gefitinib tablet in a cool and dry place (Not in refrigerator).
• Discard the medicine if its expiry date (exp. date) has crossed.
• Keep this cancer medicine away from the reach of children or pets. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
• Keep your medicine in the original container until it is time to take them.
• Do not store Geftistar or any other medicine in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Prescription Required:

In order to legally purchase this medicine from DrugsSquare, you’ll require a prescription from your Registered Medical Practitioner.


The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.


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