Afanat 40 mg Afatinib
A majority of people suffering from lung cancer are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
The disease is serious but its treatment avoids it from worsening and helps the patients feel better. And the revolutionary medicine Afatinib is the latest breakthrough in the treatment of this lung disease.
Afatinib is the salt/ingredient (generic name) of the medicine.
In India, some of the companies are manufacturing generic versions of the Afatinib brand Natco pharma is one of them.
Natco Pharma launched Afatinib in India with their own brand name Afanat 40 mg for lung cancer patients treatment.
The Afanat 40 mg (Generic version of Afatinib) is the same as branded in terms of quality and strength.
Afanat Afatinib 40 mg tablet is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Let’s have a look at the disease –
- It is metastatic (which means it spread to other parts of the body besides the lungs)
- It has abnormal epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor genes. These abnormal genes help the cancer cells grow and multiply.
Afanat Afatinib 40 mg Tablet Price in India
Afanat Afatinib 40 mg price in India is INR 6,100 for a bottle of 28 tablets.
*Prices are subject to change.
Afanat 40 mg Afatinib Side Effects
Some of the common side effects of Afatinib are:
- Sudden weight gain
- Rash/acneiform dermatitis
- Swelling of your ankles, feet, or legs
- Sensitivity to light
- dry skin
- decreased appetite
- Eye pain
- Nail inflammation
- Tearing and blurred vision
- Decreased fertility
Afanat 40 mg (Indian Afatinib) Mechanism of Action
Afanat 40 mg Afatinib is from a class of drugs called kinase inhibitors. It works by the mechanism to slow or completely stop the cancer cells from multiplying. In some tumors, it binds to a type of protein (epidermal growth factor receptor-EGFR).
EGFR is a protein that causes cells to survive, multiply, and spread. If it undergoes any type of mutation, the protein activates. Some of these mutations are susceptible to medications that bind to and reduce the protein.
Afanat Afatinib 40 mg Dose
The Afanat medicine dosage depends on your health condition, medications that you are taking, and your body’s response to treatment.
Consume the medicine on regular basis to reap the best benefit from it. In case, a dose is missed and there are less than 12 hours to the time it should have been taken, have it immediately. If the dose is missed for over 12 hours, skip it and go for the next dose at the correct time.
Never double to dose amount. Also, increasing the dosage for a long time won’t help. As a matter of fact, the patient will have an increased risk of side effects.
Afanat Afatinib 40 mg Safety Advice
Afanat 40 mg tablet should be taken with the following safety pointers in mind –