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Drug interactions between neratinib and Tykerb

Results for the following 2 drugs:
neratinib
Tykerb (lapatinib)

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

lapatinib neratinib

Applies to: Tykerb (lapatinib) and neratinib

Neratinib may increase the blood levels and effects of lapatinib. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. Contact your doctor if your condition changes or you experience increased side effects. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Major

neratinib food

Applies to: neratinib

Grapefruit juice can increase the blood levels of neratinib. This may increase the risk and/or severity of side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, mouth sores, loss of appetite, and liver problems. You should avoid the consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment with neratinib. Be sure to take the medication with food at the same time everyday to maintain consistent blood levels and effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions on how to take this or other medications you are prescribed. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Moderate

lapatinib food

Applies to: Tykerb (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.

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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.

Duplication

EGFR inhibitors

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'EGFR inhibitors' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'EGFR inhibitors' category:

  • neratinib
  • lapatinib

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.

Duplication

HER2 inhibitors

Therapeutic duplication

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:

  • neratinib
  • lapatinib

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

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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