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Alecensa: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on March 28, 2023.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Alecensa is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that may be used to treat NSCLC that is caused by a mutation in the ALK gene. It is taken orally twice a day and may cause some serious side effects, such as pneumonitis, kidney disease, and bradycardia that may result in Alecensa being temporarily or permanently discontinued or the dosage reduced.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Medicines that interact with Alecensa may either decrease its effect, affect how long it works, increase side effects, or have less of an effect when taken with Alecensa. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of the medications; however, sometimes it does. Speak to your doctor about how drug interactions should be managed.

Common medications that may interact with Alecensa include:

Laboratory studies have shown that Alecensa and its metabolite do not inhibit hepatic enzymes CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C9, 2C19, or 2D6.

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with Alecensa. You should refer to the prescribing information for Alecensa for a complete list of interactions.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Alecensa only for the indication prescribed.

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

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