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ERLOTINIB is a medicine that targets proteins in cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. Compare EGFR inhibitors.
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Erlotinib Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment unless your doctor tells you to stop. You will need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.

Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.

If you smoke cigarettes, you should stop smoking. The effectiveness of this drug is reduced by cigarette smoking. If you stop smoking during treatment, be sure to inform your doctor of this change.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 1 month after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine or for 2 weeks after stopping it.


Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Burning, tingling, numbness or pain in the hands, arms, feet, or legs

cough or hoarseness

diarrhea (severe)

difficult or labored breathing

fever or chills

lower back or side pain

painful or difficult urination

rash (severe)

sensation of pins and needles

stabbing chest pain

tightness in the chest


Bloody or black, tarry stools

blurred vision

chest pain or discomfort


convulsions (seizures)

eye irritation or redness

inability to speak

pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck

severe stomach pain

slurred speech

sudden, severe chest pain

sudden, severe headache

sudden, severe weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body


vision changes

vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

Incidence not known


blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

bloody nose

burning feeling in the chest or stomach

burning upper abdominal or stomach pain


dark-colored urine

darkening of the skin

decreased urine output

general feeling of tiredness or weakness


increased thirst

irregular heartbeat


light-colored stools

loss of appetite

mood changes

muscle pain or stiffness

muscle twitching

nausea or vomiting

rapid weight gain

red skin lesions, often with a purple center

sore throat

sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

stomach pain, continuing


swelling of the face, ankles, or hands

tenderness in the stomach area

trouble breathing

unusual tiredness or weakness

yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Acid or sour stomach


blemishes on the skin

bloated or full feeling

bone pain

burning, dry, or itching eyes

diarrhea (mild)

difficulty with moving


dry eyes

dry skin

excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines

excessive tearing


feeling sad or empty

feeling unusually cold

hair loss





itching skin

joint pain

loss of interest or pleasure


passing gas


rash, mild

redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid


stomach discomfort, upset, or pain


swelling or inflammation of the mouth

swollen joints

thinning of the hair


trouble or inability to sleep

trouble with concentrating

weight loss

Less common

Loosening of the fingernails

redness or soreness around the fingernails

Incidence not known

Brittle and loose nails

discharge, excessive tearing

increased hair growth, especially on the face

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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