ALECTINIB is a Schedule H drug.
Alectinib is a prescription medication used to treat a certain type of advanced lung cancer. Alectinib belongs to a group of drugs called kinase inhibitors. These work by blocking the activity of the ALK (gene mutation) protein to prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading. This medication comes in capsule (by mouth) form and is taken twice a day with food. It may slow down or stop the growth and spread of cancer cells by specifically blocking the protein which signals them to multiply. 


ALECTINIB is generally used to treat: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it safe on my liver?
A: Not Safe

Q: Is it safe on my kidney?
A: Not Safe

Q: Can I take it with alcohol?
A: Not Safe

Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Ask your doctor

Q: Can it be taken during pregnancy?
A: Studies indicate Risk – Doctor advice is must

Q: Is it safe to take for someone breastfeeding?
A: Not Safe

How Do I Take It?

ALECTINIB is generally taken With Food.
Route of Administration: Oral


  • Do not take alectinib if you are allergic to alectinib or to any of its ingredients.
  • This drug may make you dizzy or cause vision changes. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
  • Do not crush, chew, dissolve, or open an alectinib capsule. Swallow it whole.
  • This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps during treatment and for at least 1 week after stopping this medication. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
  • If you vomit shortly after taking an alectinib capsule, do not take another one. Wait until your next scheduled dose and take the regular amount of medicine at that time.
  • Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
  • This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. It is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while taking this medication. Female patients should use reliable forms of birth control during treatment and for at least 1 week after stopping this drug.
  • It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this medication and for 1 week after stopping this medication. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • It is not known whether alectinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using alectinib and for at least 1 week after your last dose.
  • While using alectinib, your heart rate and blood pressure will need to be checked often. You will also need frequent blood tests to check your liver function. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.

Common Side-Effects

ALECTINIB : Black (tar) Colored Stools, Dark Colored (brown) Urine, Decreased Appetite, Fever, Head Headache, Abdomen Pain, Eyes Yellow Eyes

Serious Side-Effects

ALECTINIB : Hypertension, Itchy Skin, Skin Rash, Allergic Skin Disease, Blood Or Red Colored Urine, Chest Pain, Cough, Decreased Urination, Loss Of Appetite, Lower Back Pain, Lightheadedness, Dizziness, Fainting, Body Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (painful), Nausea, Irregular Heartbeat, Face Swelling, Fingers Swelling, Legs Swelling, Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue (tiredness), Weakness (generalized), Vomit, Weight Gain

Rare Side-Effects

ALECTINIB : Difficulty Breathing

Food Interactions

Food significantly increases the absorption of alectinib. You should take each dose of alectinib with food. Taking it on an empty stomach may lead to inadequate blood levels and reduced effectiveness of the medication

Disease Interactions

ALECTINIB can interfere with: Bradycardia, Acute Liver Failure, Myalgia, Acute Kidney Failure, Interstitial Lung Disease

Technical Classification


Storage Conditions

Room Temperature (Between 15 To 25 C)

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