Zykadiaand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Ceritinib
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Zykadia 150mg.
- Manufactured by Novartis
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Zykadia 150mg.
Please Note: Zykadia should be taken on an Empty stomach. Do not take within 2 hours of a meal.
Zykadia Drug Information
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Zykadia Drug Information
Ceritinib is used to treat lung cancer. Zykadia is used for lung cancers that have a certain type of abnormal "ALK" gene. Ceritinib belongs to a class of drugs known as kinase inhibitors. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
How to Use Zykadia
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking ceritinib and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take Zykadia by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. The Dosage of Zykadia is based on your medical condition, laboratory tests, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Drugs that reduce stomach acid (including antacids, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, H2 blockers such as ranitidine) may make you absorb less ceritinib. This could make ceritinib work less well. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these medications. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Zykadia unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Use Zykadia regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or use Zykadia more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase. If you vomit after taking a dose, do not take another dose at that time. Take your next dose at the regular time. Since Zykadia can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle Zykadia or breathe the dust from the capsules.
Before taking Zykadia, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Zykadia may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Zykadia, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,diabetes or high blood sugar, liver problems. Ceritinib may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using ceritinib,certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using ceritinib safely. Zykadia may rarely cause vision changes. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Zykadia, especially QT prolongation (see above). Since Zykadia can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle Zykadia or breathe the dust from the capsules. Zykadia is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss using reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while using Zykadia. Women of childbearing age should continue using reliable forms of birth control for 6 months after stopping treatment. Men with female partners of childbearing age should continue using condoms for 3 months after stopping treatment. If you or your partner become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. It is unknown if Zykadia passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using Zykadia is not recommended and for 2 weeks after stopping treatment. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Zykadia, take it as soon as you remember. If it is less than 12 hours before the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.other drugs that may slow the heartbeat (including digoxin, clonidine, beta-blockers such as atenolol/metoprolol, calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem/verapamil). Other medications can affect the removal of ceritinib from your body, which may affect how ceritinib works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifabutin), drugs for seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), St. John's wort, among others. Zykadia can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples include alfentanil, asunaprevir, ergots (such as ergotamine), fentanyl, flibanserin, ivabradine, lurasidone, tacrolimus, triazolam, among others.
Zykadia Side Effects
What are Zykadia side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Zykadia may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Zykadia as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Zykadia
The side effects of Zykadia may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Zykadia. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Zykadia may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Zykadia, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Zykadia.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Zykadia, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Zykadia and the side effects associated with Zykadia are described in the following:
Common Zykadia Side Effects
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- acute abdominal pain
- weight loss
Less Frequent Zykadia Side Effects
- interstitial pneumonitis
- prolonged QT interval
- renal failure
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- skin rash
- visual changes
- muscle weakness
- gait abnormality
- peripheral neuropathy
- accommodation disorder
- reduced visual acuity
- blurred vision
- peripheral motor neuropathy
- peripheral sensory neuropathy
Rare or Very Rare Zykadia Side Effects
- drug-induced hepatitis
- gastrointestinal perforation
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Zykadia when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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