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Precautions and Warnings With Erlotinib

Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems with your liver, heart, lungs, or kidneys before taking erlotinib. This medication may not be suitable for certain people, so it's also important to be aware of the warnings and precautions relating to potential allergic reactions and drug interactions with erlotinib. This medicine can also cause other complications, such as potentially life-threatening lung inflammation.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking erlotinib (Tarceva®) if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure
  • A history of heart attack or chest pain
  • A history of stroke
  • An ulcer in the stomach or upper intestines (peptic ulcer) or diverticular disease (pouches form in the colon and may become inflamed)
  • A history of bleeding problems, such as bleeding in the stomach, intestines, or brain
  • A smoking habit
  • Been treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Lung disease or infection of the lungs
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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