People who have advanced non-small cell lung cancer may help slow down the progression of the disease by taking crizotinib twice daily. This prescription medication works by blocking the activity of certain proteins in the body that the cancer cells need to grow. Side effects may include vomiting, constipation, and vision problems.
What Is Crizotinib?Crizotinib (Xalkori®) is a prescription medication approved to treat a certain type of lung cancer known as non-small cell lung cancer. It is licensed for use in people who have a specific gene called the abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene. An abnormal ALK gene is responsible for cancer growth in a small percentage of people with non-small cell lung cancer.
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, crizotinib can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of crizotinib include but are not limited to:
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