Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. It is used in the treatment of adult patients who have certain mutations of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).
Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet should be taken on an empty stomach, but try to have it at the same time every day to get the most benefits. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it.
This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.
The most common side effects of this medicine include diarrhea, rash, dry skin, and nausea. Diarrhea can be serious sometimes so take medicine to treat it as prescribed by the doctor or stay hydrated.
Your doctor may advise for some blood tests while you are taking this medicine. It may also make your skin sensitive to the sun, so use sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you have to be in sunlight. Inform your doctor if you notice pain or redness in the eye or dry eye.
Before taking it, tell your doctor if have a breathing problem, liver, or kidney problems, or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your healthcare team know all medications you are using.
This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.
Uses of Xovoltib 40 mg tablet
- Treats metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in affected individuals
- Treats metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer which had a limited/insufficient response to platinum-based chemotherapy
How Xovoltib 40 mg tablet works
Xovoltib 40 mg TABLET works by blocking the activity of a group of proteins called ErbB1, ErbB2 (HER2), ErbB3 and ErbB4 in the cancer cells which are required for the growth and spread of cancer cells that gets inhibited resulting in the inhibited growth and spread of the cancer cells.
Benefits of Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet
In Non-small cell lung cancer
Non-small cell lung cancer is one of the major kinds of lung cancer and it affects both smokers as well as non-smokers. Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet helps treat non-small cell lung cancer and may be given alone or in combination with other medicines.
It is a potent and very toxic medicine and you should discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. You should avoid drinking alcohol while having this treatment and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Side effects of Xovoltib 40 mg tablet
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common side effects of Xovoltib 40 mg
- Dry skin
- Loss of appetite
- Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
- Nail disorder
1.Is Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet an immunotherapy or chemotherapy?
Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet is neither an immunotherapy nor a conventional chemotherapy. It belongs to kinase inhibitors class of anti-cancer medicines. It works by blocking a group of proteins.
These proteins are known to be involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. By blocking the activity of these proteins, Xovoltib 40mg Tablet stops the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
2.How long does it take for Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet to work?
The peak levels of Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet are reached 2-5 hours after taking it. However, it may take weeks or months to see a noticeable change in the progression of cancer.
The symptoms may improve visibly, but the effectiveness of Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet can be confirmed only after determining certain parameters.
3.How should I take Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet?
Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet is taken by mouth without food, at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after meals. Swallow the complete tablet with water without crushing or breaking it. Take this medicine once daily at about the same time each day.
This will make it easier to remember to take this medicine. If you have difficulty in swallowing the tablet, dissolve it in a glass of water. Do not use any other liquid instead of water.
Drop the tablet into the water without crushing it and stir occasionally for up to 15 minutes until the tablet is broken up into very small particles. Drink the liquid straight away. Then refill the glass with water and drink it to make sure all medicine is taken.
4.Does Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet have any effect on fertility?
Xovoltib 40mg Tablet may decrease fertility in both men and women Therefore, if you have any concerns regarding fertility, talk to your doctor who might suggest sperm or egg preservation before starting treatment.
5.Can Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet be given along with chemotherapy?
There are no supporting studies to suggest that Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet can be used along with other chemotherapy medicines. Xovoltib 40 mgTablet is used to treat specific type of lung cancer when the prior chemotherapy has been insufficient.
6.Can Xovoltib 40 mgTablet cure lung cancer?
No,Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet cannot cure lung cancer, but it prolongs the survival of the patient. It may also reduce the size of the tumor.
7.What should I avoid while taking Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet?
You should avoid sun exposure as Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet can make your skin sensitive to the sun. You may get a severe sunburn or may develop rash or acne or it may get worsened.
Therefore, use sunscreen and wear a hat before moving out in the sun. Wear clothes that cover your skin if you have to go out in the sun.
8.Can I do something if I get diarrhea due to Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet?
Diarrhea is a very common side effect of Xovoltib 40 mg Tablet. Severe diarrhea can cause excessive loss of body fluids (dehydration) and kidney problems that can sometimes lead to death.
Start drinking plenty of fluids at the first signs of diarrhea and contact your doctor immediately. The doctor will start the appropriate antidiarrheal treatment (e.g. loperamide) as soon as possible. The doctor may also reduce your dose or discontinue the therapy if you develop severe diarrhea.