Tarceva is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body.
Tarceva is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer or pancreatic cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic).
Tarceva is usually given after other cancer medicines have been tried without success.
Do not take Tarceva if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control while you are taking this medication and for at least 2 weeks after your treatment ends.
Before taking Tarceva, tell your doctor if you have lung problems (other than lung cancer), kidney or liver disease, if you are dehydrated, or if you smoke.
To be sure Tarceva is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Tarceva. Visit your doctor regularly.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Tarceva can cause skin rash, dryness, or other irritation. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Avoid using skin products that can cause dryness or irritation.