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Medications for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Other names: Cancer, Lung, Non-Small Cell; Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell; NSCLC

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is cancer of the lung which is not small cell carcinoma.

Drugs used to treat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
cisplatin Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: cisplatin systemic

Drug class: alkylating agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Keytruda 3.5 68 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: pembrolizumab systemic

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

erlotinib 8.8 39 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: erlotinib systemic

Brand name:  Tarceva

Drug class: EGFR inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

pemetrexed 9.0 2 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: pemetrexed systemic

Brand names:  Alimta, Pemfexy

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Gemzar Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: gemcitabine systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Taxotere Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: docetaxel systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Abraxane 1.0 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: paclitaxel protein-bound systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

bevacizumab 8.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: bevacizumab systemic

Brand names:  Avastin, Mvasi, Zirabev

Drug class: VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Navelbine Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: vinorelbine systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

paclitaxel 7.0 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: paclitaxel systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

gefitinib 8.9 8 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: gefitinib systemic

Brand name:  Iressa

Drug class: EGFR inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Gilotrif 10 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: afatinib systemic

Drug class: multikinase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Trexall Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: methotrexate systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites, antirheumatics, antipsoriatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

pembrolizumab 3.5 70 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: pembrolizumab systemic

Brand name:  Keytruda

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

vinorelbine Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: vinorelbine systemic

Brand name:  Navelbine

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

afatinib 7.7 3 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: afatinib systemic

Brand name:  Gilotrif

Drug class: multikinase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

gemcitabine 9.0 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: gemcitabine systemic

Brand names:  Gemzar, Infugem

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

docetaxel Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: docetaxel systemic

Brand name:  Taxotere

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

capecitabine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: capecitabine systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Cyramza Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: ramucirumab systemic

Drug class: VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

cetuximab Off-label Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: cetuximab systemic

Drug class: EGFR inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Off-label: Yes

Mekinist Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: trametinib systemic

Drug class: multikinase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

paclitaxel protein-bound 1.0 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: paclitaxel protein-bound systemic

Brand name:  Abraxane

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

Photofrin Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: porfimer systemic

Drug class: malignancy photosensitizers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

porfimer Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: porfimer systemic

Brand name:  Photofrin

Drug class: malignancy photosensitizers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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