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User Reviews for Erlotinib (Page 2)

Also known as: Tarceva

Erlotinib has an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 from a total of 42 ratings on Drugs.com. 83% of those users who reviewed Erlotinib reported a positive effect, while 8% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer  
8.8
39 reviews 43 medications
Pancreatic Cancer  
5.7
3 reviews 11 medications
Summary of Erlotinib reviews 8.5 42 reviews

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Reviews for Erlotinib

hopefordad December 17, 2014

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My father was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with EGFR mutation May 2014 and has done very good. He is turning 72 in February. He is on Tarceva and it shrunk his two lung tumors down and now he is in remission. He got the tube removed. Now he has a cold and a sore throat and I am very worried he is going to get sick. I try really hard to pursue him to take immune pills and take care of himself but hey I can't have him be a germaphobic like me.”

Renohubby · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 27, 2015

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My wife's main tumors in her lungs and liver were 75% smaller last month as indicated by CT. The number of tumors remained unchanged. She has shown an increase in the size and amount of bone tumors in her spine, however. She will be undergoing cyber knife treatments for tumors on L2-L5 in the next two weeks. Hopefully, she will have a good outcome.”

9 / 10
Reno hubby March 13, 2015

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My wife was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small lung cancer that had spread to her liver and bones. After being on Tarceva for two months, lung x-rays indicated that the tumors in her lungs had neither grown nor shrunk. This month she is having a CT to determine the fate of other tumors. She has had only a mild skin reaction to the drug.”

9 / 10
BassamAlharbi December 15, 2009

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My mother-in-law started having a breath problems last September 2009 and after the examinations they found out that here left lung is full of liquid they decide to suck the liquids out, 2 weeks later she still hardly breath and she can't lay down, another examinations and they found out she has lung cancer, she did many exams later and the doctor decide to give here Tarceva as one pill a day, now after 2 weeks of use of the drug she can breath much better than before. The doctor told us she must see the doctor every month and our next appointment will be the second of January 2010, I'll write later about here after she see the doctor.”

BigCbeatslittlec January 7, 2016

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “I was diagnosed in early December, 2015 with NCLC...Stage IV ( female-non- smoker-50). After waiting a couple weeks for blood tests results to return, I recently found out I will be beginning Tarceva on January 14th. And paired with it ( possibly..through a random choosing for study) could be Avastin, which has shown in studies to work well with Tarceva. I am hoping that Tarceva will work for me as well as many of the testimonies I have read here recently Not looking forward to possible side effects-but it beats chemo for sure-at least for now. ”

Hana22 January 2, 2017

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “Female 68, excellent health, nonsmoker. Asian, diagnosed EGFR 12/16. On 5th day of Tarceva 150Mg. feeling great. No breathlessness. No side effects so far.Hope to continue if no liver impact. Wondering if there's any preventative steps that could be taken to ward off the next mutation when this inhibitor no longer works.”

8 / 10
Barb · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 12, 2020

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “Was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in Feb 2019, just days before my 68th birthday. Tumors in both lungs with Mets to brain consisting of 9 smallish tumours. I was given 1 session of radiation for the brain tumors and started on a course of 150 Tarceva. Various side effects - intermittent diarrhoea, dry skin, hair thinning and hair growth very slow, nail bed infection around 2 toes, eye irritation. None of these side effects have been debilitating and I can certainly put up with them after my first series of scans since beginning the medication 3 months ago have shown a significant regression of all tumours, with one tumour in my brain disappearing completely.”

9 / 10
mack west March 1, 2017

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “I am so pleased have this medication that we have used in curing my wife breast cancer which almost took her life away. We appreciate the thoughtfulness in crafting this medication and thoroughness in delivering helpful advice. We also appreciate the approachability and willingness to speak with my wife before and after she has been cured. Thank you again for helping to create the next generation of medication. We hope to assist you in the future!As you prepare for the winter weather and Christmas Day celebrations,I hope you and your family are enjoying a festive holiday season!We feel blessed to be able to not only enjoy a meticulously prepared medication, but also to share the experience with so many loved ones. Love,”

7 / 10
VenKa · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 17, 2018

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My husband (non-smoker) 66 years old, diagnosed with NSCLC Adenocarcinoma stage four with Mets to bones liver and brain His life expectancy was estimated to max 5 months. First was treated with a round of 8 radiations and had Gamma Knife for his brain lesion. After tests found EGFR mutation gene and he was prescribed Tarceva. His oncologist mentioned he was the perfect patient for this prescription, as he looked strong and healthy even at stage four. He convinced him that Tarceva will extend his life for at least a couple of years so he decided to try his luck. He started Tarceva monotherapy and continued for five months. Unfortunately, he lived 3 months more than his original life expectancy. Total 8 months after he was diagnosed. His last 6 months were a real nightmare. He was under severe pain 24/7 even with morphine painkillers. Skin rash was unbearable! The quality of his life during his last months was below zero. In my husband's case, Tarceva was a disaster!”

1 / 10
Natural heal August 26, 2017

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “I am 59, non smoker, confirmed NSCLC. Found EGFR mutation gene, prescribed Tarceva. Skin rash and fatigue started within a week, and continue to worsen. Have to stop after a month. I feel the drug is making me sick and causes a lot of pain, and lower quality of life.”

1 / 10
Anonymous May 17, 2011

“It really works. This medicine is a wonder drug and is a boon for lung cancer patients. The cancerous growth has reduced in my mother-in-law and I feel she has a better life after being on this medication. There has been no side effects till date.”

suebie2 March 13, 2009

For Pancreatic Cancer: “My husband didn't live long enough to tell the effectiveness on his stage 4B Pancreatic Cancer. Passed away 2 days after 1st chemo with gemcitibine and erlotinib. No immediate side effects, easy to take.”

5 / 10
Soly · Taken for less than 1 month January 26, 2021

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Pancreatic Cancer: “I have Pancreatic head Cancer since July 2016 was stage 4 so palliative bypass was done, then put on chemo several times. 3 months back my CT showed progression for the 1st time rather than regression so my doctor put me on Tarceva 100mg. Unfortunately, I felt more weakness, anorexia, skin rash, nausea, belching plus much increase in pains in my tummy and back. I don't know what to say...??!”

2 / 10
ra3755 April 25, 2010

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “To me Tarceva is a wonder pill which shrunk my cancer cells by 50% in a 3 month period.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more January 13, 2017

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My husband diagnosed with Stage III b NSCLC 10 1/2 years ago!!! Thank you 150 mg TARCEVA!”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 10, 2016

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “My diagnosed NCLC 11/14. As of her last scans no tumors or active cancer.”

9 / 10
Newlifeman · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 7, 2017

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “It shrunk my lung tumor by 40% in one month in lung , but the bone Mets progress slowly.”

9 / 10
Laura · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 12, 2020

Tarceva (erlotinib) for Pancreatic Cancer: “This drug Tarceva has helped keep me alive for last 3 years. Have pancreatic cancer.”

10 / 10

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