What is Xovoltib 20 mg Tablet?
Xovoltib belongs to the group of medications called antineoplastics, or anti-cancer medications. Xovoltib, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, contains Afatinib Dimaleate as an 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 Xovoltib Afatinib Tablets?
Afatinib (Xovoltib) is an oral tablet used used to treat a certain type of lung cancer (non-small cell lung cancer) that has spread to other parts of the body. 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 Afatinib 20 mg Tablets Work?
Afatinib belongs to the class of medications called protein kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the function of two closely related proteins, the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). These receptors allow a protein called epidermal growth factor (EGF) to attach to the cells. When the epidermal growth factor attaches to the receptor, it activates an enzyme in the cell called tyrosine kinase. This enzyme triggers chemical processes inside the cancer cells that make the cells grow and multiply. Afatinib (Xovoltib) stops the EGF from activating them and, as a result, stops the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
What are the side effects of Xovoltib 20 mg Tablets?
When you take Afatinib 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 Afatinib:
Common Side Effects of Xovoltib Tablets : Diarrhea ; Dizzy ; Feel Like Throwing Up ; Head Pain ; Intense Abdominal Pain ; Dry Mouth ; Indigestion ; Fever ; Feeling Weak ; Excessive Sweating ; Hair Loss ; Itching ; Joint Pain ; Chest Pain etc.
Serious Side Effects of Xovoltib Tablets : Liver Failure ; High Blood Pressure ; Painful, Red Or Swollen Mouth ; Life Threatening Allergic Reaction ; Fast Heartbeat ; Decreased Blood Platelets ; Blurred Vision ; Depression 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 Xovoltib Afatinib Tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What are the precautions & warnings of Afatinib 20 mg Tablets?
Before Taking Xovoltib 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 Xovoltib 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 Afatinib 20 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 Xovoltib 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 Xovoltib 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 Xovoltib cancer medicine is excreted in human milk. Mothers should be instructed not to breastfeed if they are taking Afatinib medicine.
Medical History : Some medical conditions may interact with Xovoltib. 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), eye disease (such as severe dry eyes, keratitis), 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. Always tell other doctors, nurses or dentists that you’re having this treatment if you need treatment for anything else, including teeth problems.
• If you have a history of fluid retention etc.
What are the storage instructions for Xovoltib Afatinib 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 Afatinib tablet include:
- Store Afatinib tablet in a cool and dry place (Not in refrigerator).
• Throw away any afatinib tablets not used before the expiration date on the medicine label.
• 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.
• Store the tablets in their original container at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
• Do not store Xovoltib 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.