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Afatinib is used in treating cancer. Afatinib, sold under the brand name Gilotrif among others, is a medication used to treat non-small cell lung carcinoma. It belongs to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor family of medications. It is taken by mouth. It is mainly used to treat cases of NSCLC that harbour mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene
Afatinib is the generic name for the trade drug Gilotrif™. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name Gilotrif™ when referring to the generic drug name afatinib.
Afatinib is a targeted therapy. Afatinib is classified as a Tyrosine Kinase inhibitor; Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) inhibitor. (For more detail, see "How this drug works," below.)
What Afatinib Is Used For:
Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.
How Afatinib Is Given:
Afatinib Side Effects:
Important things to remember about the side effects of afatinib:
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