Alectinib is a class of prescription medications called kinase inhibitors.It blocks the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply.Alectinib is the first-line treatment of adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to other parts of the body
The recommended dose is 600 mg orally twice daily with food
What other medicines are available for this disease?
For your condition, there may be additional medications to consider. Some treatments are more efficient than others, but they come with a higher risk of adverse effects.
It's critical to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each medicine option with your doctor. The cost of the drugs may also vary greatly, so you should inquire whether there are any less expensive options.
How should I take the medicine and for how long should I take it?
Tablets, pills, powders, and liquids, are only some of the medications available for this disease. Some are taken once a day or once a week, while others are taken many times throughout the day. Regardless of the type of medication, it is critical to consult with your doctor on how and when to take it. You can also seek advice from a pharmacist or consult the CMI.
How will I know whether the medication is effective, and how long will it take?
Some drugs start working practically immediately, while others, such as, take weeks to show results. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long it will take for a drug to start functioning and how you will know whether it is working before you start taking it.
What are the potential side effects that I should be aware of?
The negative effects of a medication are known as side effects. Although all drugs have the potential to have side effects, not everyone will experience them. It's critical to be aware of medication side effects so you know what to do if you experience them.
Always consult your doctor and inquire about:
common side effects — these side effects are usually less serious but more common
serious side effects —These are very rare side effects but can have greater and deeper effects
What are the possible advantages of using this medication?
Medicines function in a variety of ways. Few medications can help with some or all of a disease's symptoms, while others can help avoid sickness or consequences.
Ask your doctor about the medicine's advantages, and then consider what those advantages mean to you. Take doctor’s advice for any medication you take!