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Gilotrif Dosage

Generic name: afatinib 20mg
Dosage form: tablet, film coated

Medically reviewed on January 10, 2018.

Patient Selection for Non-Resistant EGFR Mutation-Positive Metastatic NSCLC

‚ÄčSelect patients for first-line treatment of metastatic NSCLC with GILOTRIF based on the presence of non-resistant EGFR mutations in tumor specimens [see Indications and Usage (1.1) and Clinical Studies (14.1)]. Information on FDA-approved tests for the detection of EGFR mutations in NSCLC is available at:

Recommended Dose

The recommended dose of GILOTRIF is 40 mg orally, once daily until disease progression or no longer tolerated by the patient.

Severe Renal Impairment
The recommended dose of GILOTRIF in patients with severe renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR*] 15 to 29 mL/min /1.73 m2) is 30 mg orally, once daily [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

*Use the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease [MDRD] formula to estimate eGFR.

Take GILOTRIF at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Do not take a missed dose within 12 hours of the next dose.

Dose Modifications for Adverse Reactions

Withhold GILOTRIF for any adverse reactions of:

  • NCI CTCAE* Grade 3 or higher
  • Diarrhea of Grade 2 or higher persisting for 2 or more consecutive days while taking anti-diarrheal medication [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
  • Cutaneous reactions of Grade 2 that are prolonged (lasting more than 7 days) or intolerable [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Renal impairment of Grade 2 or higher [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]

*National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI CTCAE), v 3.0

Resume treatment when the adverse reaction fully resolves, returns to baseline, or improves to Grade 1. Reinstitute GILOTRIF at a reduced dose, i.e., 10 mg per day less than the dose at which the adverse reaction occurred.

Permanently discontinue GILOTRIF for:

  • Life-threatening bullous, blistering, or exfoliative skin lesions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Confirmed interstitial lung disease (ILD) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
  • Severe drug-induced hepatic impairment [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
  • Persistent ulcerative keratitis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)]
  • Symptomatic left ventricular dysfunction [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]
  • Severe or intolerable adverse reaction occurring at a dose of 20 mg per day

Dose Modifications for Drug Interactions

P-gp Inhibitors
Reduce GILOTRIF daily dose by 10 mg if not tolerated for patients who require therapy with a P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor. Resume the previous dose after discontinuation of the P-gp inhibitor as tolerated [see Drug Interactions (7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

P-gp Inducers
Increase GILOTRIF daily dose by 10 mg as tolerated for patients who require chronic therapy with a P-gp inducer. Resume the previous dose 2 to 3 days after discontinuation of the P-gp inducer [see Drug Interactions (7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Further information

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