Drug interactions between Herceptin and lapatinib
Interactions between your drugs
- Herceptin is in the drug class HER2 inhibitors.
- Herceptin is used to treat the following conditions:
- Lapatinib is a member of the following drug classes: EGFR inhibitors, HER2 inhibitors.
- Lapatinib is used to treat the following conditions:
Drug and food interactions
Applies to: lapatinib
Take lapatinib on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 1 hour after a meal unless otherwise directed by your doctor. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the medication. The lapatinib dose is administered once daily and should not be divided. The usual dose of lapatinib is equal to 5 tablets. You may swallow each tablet one at a time, but take the entire lapatinib dose at the same time each day. If you are receiving therapy with lapatinib you should be advised to avoid grapefruits and grapefruit juice. Grapefruit can raise the levels of lapatinib in your body and lead to dangerous side effects.
Therapeutic duplication warnings
Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.
The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'HER2 inhibitors' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'HER2 inhibitors' category:
- trastuzumab (active ingredient in Herceptin (trastuzumab))
Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.
Drug Interaction Classification
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Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.