Generic Name: pralsetinib
Dosage Form: capsules
Medically reviewed by Judith Stewart, BPharm. Last updated on Sep 10, 2020.
What is Gavreto?
Gavreto is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that:
- has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), and
- is caused by abnormal rearranged during transfection (RET) genes. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that Gavreto is right for you.
It is not known if this medicine is safe and effective in children.
Before taking Gavreto
Before taking Gavreto, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have lung or breathing problems other than lung cancer
- have high blood pressure
- have bleeding problems
- plan to have surgery. See Gavreto side effects.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Gavreto can harm your unborn baby.
Females who are able to become pregnant:
- Your healthcare provider will do a pregnancy test before you start treatment.
- You should use an effective form of non-hormonal birth control (contraception) during treatment, and for 2 weeks after your final dose.
- Birth control methods that contain hormones (such as birth control pills, injections or transdermal system patches) may not work as well during treatment with Gavreto.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you during this time.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you might be pregnant during treatment with Gavreto.
Males with female partners who are able to become pregnant:
- You should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment, and for 1 week after your final dose.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Gavreto passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment, and for 1 week after your final dose.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Gavreto may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Gavreto works.
How should I take Gavreto?
- Take Gavreto exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- Take your prescribed dose of Gavreto 1 time each day.
- Take Gavreto on an empty stomach. Do not eat for at least 2 hours before and at least 1 hour after taking your dose.
- Do not change your dose or stop taking Gavreto unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose, temporarily stop, or permanently stop treatment if you develop side effects.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible on the same day. Then take your next dose at your regular time the next day.
- If you vomit after taking a dose, do not take an extra dose. Take your next dose at your regular time the next day.
Gavreto side effects
Gavreto may cause serious side effects, including:
- Lung problems. Gavreto may cause severe or life-threatening inflammation of the lungs during treatment, that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new or worsening symptoms, including:
- shortness of breath
- High blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure is common with Gavreto and may sometimes be severe. You should check your blood pressure regularly during treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if you have increased blood pressure readings or get any symptoms of high blood pressure, including:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- Liver problems. Liver problems (increased liver function blood test results) can happen during treatment with Gavreto and may sometimes be serious. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests before and during treatment to check you for liver problems. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any signs or symptoms of liver problem during treatment, including:
- yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes (jaundice)
- dark “tea-colored” urine
- bleeding or bruising
- loss of appetite
- nausea or vomiting
- pain on the upper right side of your stomach area
- Bleeding problems. Gavreto can cause bleeding which can be serious and cause death. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding during treatment, including:
- vomiting blood or if your vomit looks like coffee-grounds
- pink or brown urine
- red or black (looks like tar) stools
- coughing up blood or blood clots
- unusual bleeding or bruising of your skin
- menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- nose bleeds that happen often
- drowsiness or difficulty being awakened
- change in speech
- Risk of wound healing problems. Wounds may not heal properly during treatment with Gavreto. Tell your healthcare provider if you plan to have any surgery before or during treatment with Gavreto. You should not take Gavreto for at least 5 days before surgery. Your healthcare provider should tell you when you may start taking Gavreto again after surgery.
The most common side effects include:
- muscle and joint pain
- high blood pressure
- decreased white blood cell and red blood cell counts
- decreased levels of phosphate in the blood
- decreased levels of body salt (sodium) in the blood
- decreased levels of calcium in the blood
- abnormal liver function blood tests
Gavreto may affect fertility in males and females, which may affect your ability to have children. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.
These are not all of the possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store Gavreto?
- Store Gavreto at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Protect Gavreto from moisture.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.
General information about the safe and effective use of Gavreto.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use this medicine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give it to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in Gavreto?
Active ingredient: pralsetinib
Inactive ingredients: citric acid, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), pregelatinized starch and sodium bicarbonate.
Capsule shell: FD&C Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue FCF), hypromellose and titanium dioxide.
White printing ink: butyl alcohol, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide, propylene glycol, purified water, shellac, strong ammonia solution and titanium dioxide.
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