Dacomitinib (brand name-Vizimpro) is an FDA approved treatment for a certain type of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body.
Dacomitinib is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps slow or stop the spread of cancer cells.
let us walk you through key things you need to know about dacomitinib.
How should I use dacomitinib (Vizimpro)?
Dacomitinib comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once daily with or without food. Take dacomitinib at around the same time every day. Take dacomitinib exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you vomit after you take dacomitinib, do not immediately take another dose. Continue your regular dosing schedule. Tell your doctor how you are feeling during your treatment.
Continue to take dacomitinib even if you feel well. Do not stop taking dacomitinib without talking to your doctor. You can help them by tracking your side effects in Ankr.
What are the side effects of dacomitinib (Vizimpro)?
Common side effects
Dacomitinib may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking dacomitinib (Vizimpro)
- tell your doctor about your allergies
- tell your doctor about other intakes
- tell your doctor if you have or ever had any diseasem, symptom, ro treatment
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should use a reliable method of birth control while taking dacomitinib and for at least 17 days after your final dose.
While you are on dacomitinib (Vizimpro)
- If you become pregnant while taking dacomitinib, call your doctor immediately. Dacomitinib may harm the fetus.
- tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You should not breastfeed while you are taking dacomitinib and for 17 days after your final dose.
- plan to use a moisturizer, avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight, and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Dacomitinib may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
I forgot a dose. What should I do?
Skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
In case of an emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.
How should I safely store and dispose of dacomitinib (Vizimpro)?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
You should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Last Revised – 06/30/2023, FDA updated-11/15/2018, SG
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