How long do you take Alecensa for?
How long do you take Alecensa for and when do you stop taking it? What is the normal dose for Alecensa?
- The length of time that you take Alecensa for will depend on your response and how well you tolerate it. In the clinical trial ALEX: NCT02075840, the length of time Alecensa was taken ranged from months to over a year, with the median length of time being 18.6 months.
- Alecensa treatment usually continues until there is disease progression or the patient has unacceptable side effects.
- Alecensa is used to treat ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body.
How is Alecensa taken?
Alecensa is an oral tablet that is taken twice a day.
- Usual starting dose is 600mg twice daily.
- This dose can be reduced to 450mg twice daily or even 300mg twice daily if the patient is unable to tolerate side effects.
- If side effects continue to be a problem at the lower dose of 300mg twice daily, then Alecensa should be discontinued.
- Alectinib versus Crizotinib in Untreated ALK-Positive Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1704795
- Alecensa Health Professional Information: https://www.drugs.com/pro/alecensa.html
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- Alecensa Information for Consumers
- Alecensa prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side Effects of Alecensa (detailed)