- Common uses
- How to take the medication
- Common side effects
- Precautions & interactions
How Futibatinib works, side effects, interactions and precautions.
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Brand Name(s): , Lytgobi®
WHY is this medicine prescribed?
Futibatinib is used in adults who have received previous therapy to treat a certain type of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) that has spread to nearby tissues or other parts of the body and cannot be removed by surgery. Futibatinib is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps slow or stop the spread of cancer cells.
Are there OTHER USES for this medicine?
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
HOW should this medicine be used?
Futibatinib comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken with or without food once a day. Take futibatinib at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take futibatinib exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
If you vomit after taking futibatinib, do not take another dose. Continue your regular dosing schedule.
Your doctor may decrease your dose or temporarily or permanently stop your treatment if you experience certain side effects. This depends on how well the medication works for you and the side effects you experience. Be sure to tell your doctor how you are feeling during your treatment with futibatinib.
Futibatinib may cause irritation and dry eyes. You should use artificial tears or lubricant eye drops while on treatment with futibatinib to prevent or treat the dry eyes. Your doctor will order an eye exam before and during treatment with futibatinib to watch for more severe eye problems. Make sure you keep all eye exam appointments.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?
Before taking futibatinib,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to futibatinib, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in futibatinib tablets. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take while taking futibatinib. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have vision or eye problems, diabetes, anemia, history of bleeding disorder, or if you have or ever had kidney or liver problems.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you plan on fathering a child. If you are female, you will need to take a pregnancy test before you start treatment and use birth control to prevent pregnancy during your treatment and for at least 1 week after your final dose. If you are a male, you and your partner should use birth control during your treatment and for 1 month after your final dose. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods that you can use during your treatment. If you or your partner become pregnant while taking futibatinib, call your doctor immediately. Futibatinib may harm the fetus.
- tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You should not breastfeed while you are taking futibatinib and for 1 week after your final dose.
What SPECIAL DIETARY instructions should I follow?
Talk to your doctor about eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it has been more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?
Futibatinib may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- change in appearance or color of nails
- muscle pain
- diarrhea or loose stools
- feeling tired or weak
- dry mouth
- hair loss
- mouth sore
- stomach area pain
- dry skin
- joint pain
- changes in taste
- dry eye
- nausea or vomiting
- decrease in appetite
- difficulty or painful urination, lower back pain, or fever
- redness, swelling, pain or tenderness on the hands or feet
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- dry or inflamed eyes, increased tears, blurred vision, flashes of light, or seeing black spots
- muscle cramps or numbness or tingling around your mouth
Futibatinib may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ([WEB]) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. [WEB]
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website ([WEB]) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
What should I do in case of OVERDOSE?
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at [WEB]. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.
What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to futibatinib.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
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Selected Revisions: November 15, 2022.