Gefitinib is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Gefitinib is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer.

Gefitinib is sometimes used to treat cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

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  • Iressa
  • More common
    Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
    clay colored stools
    dark urine
    decreased appetite
    diarrhea, severe
    fever
    headache
    itching or skin rash
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    yellow eyes or skin
    Less common
    Burning, dry, or itching eyes
    chest pain
    chills
    cough
    difficult breathing
    discharge or excessive tearing
    dry eyes
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
    thickening of bronchial secretions
    troubled breathing
    troubled or quick, shallow breathing
    Rare
    Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    bloody, black, or tarry stools
    eye redness, irritation, or pain
    heartburn
    indigestion
    joint or muscle pain
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    severe abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or burning
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds, severe and continuing
    Some of the side effects that can occur with gefitinib may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Redness or soreness around fingernails or loosening of the fingernails
  • (oral tablet)