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    Brand Name:Iressa
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2003-05-05 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
This drug is available in the following forms:
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About Iressa

Iressa is a medicine used to kill cancer cells (chemotherapy). It is used alone for the continued treatment of patients who are benefiting or have benefited from Iressa. Iressa is approved for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that:

  • has progressed after treatment with platinum based and docetaxel chemotherapies, or
  • did not respond to treatment with platinum based or docetaxel chemotherapies.

Side Effects of Iressa

  • Liver damage.
  • Eye problems, such as pain, redness or change in vision. Some patients have had an injury to the surface of the eye (cornea). This may be caused by eyelashes growing inside the eyelid.
  • Other side effects with Iressa may include: diarrhea, rash acne, dry skin, nausea, vomiting, itching, loss of appetite, weakness, weight loss

Interactions with Iressa

Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and supplements. Especially tell your health care provider if you take:

  • rifampicin, phenytoin
  • warfarin
  • ketoconazole, itraconazole
  • ranitidine, cimetidine
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Recent Forum Posts on Iressa


My husband has lung cancer.....he was diagnosed back in May of '03 and everything has gone down hill from then. We have done all the Chemotherapies available and none of them worked. Now he is taking Iressa and other medications (including Gemcsar by IV) we are waiting to see if it works or not. We hope and prey it will. He keeps getting Pnuemonia and fluid in his lungs.

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my mummy has been on Iressa for about 3 to 4 months now due to lung cancer. would the effect of iressa one day jus go away ( like it could no longer control the condition ) and how do i know when is it ?


I have swelling in my neck, is this one of the side effects from
Iressa? all so have non small cell Lung cancer that has spread to
my liver 3cm, do you think because it has spread to my liver that
I should not be taking Iressa?
Bernadine Saunders

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My friend has throat cancer. Is Iressa advisable for him? or can you recommend a similar drug for his doctor to evaluate?

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Please help me w/ some answers regarding my 81 yr . old fathers condition. He has been on Iressa over 5 wks now, last nite he starting having a raw rectum, a pattern of red spots on his arm 18 inches long.
Could this be a side effect, and are their any internal hemorraging , bleeding issues i should be concerned about.
First getting an appointment , physically getting him to the doctor, and hearing the same old thing. "Take this and call us in two weeks".
Frustrated and angry,


please help

My mother is suffering from lung cancer now
and I am planning to buy her some IRESSA

could you please tell me where can I buy them ? (she is not in US now)
and what is the price ?

thanks so much for your kind help

iressa effective

My 84 y/o father has been taking Iressa for approx. 10 months. He was told his lung ca had spread to both lungs and adrenal glands and given 3-7 months to live last july, before starting the iressa. He is now cancer free the iressa not only shrunk the tumors within 8 weeks but has totally eradicated them as far as we know thru CT scans etc..His side effects include major loss of appetite, inability to put weight on and a feeling of weakness most of the time.


My dad is in the final stages of non small cell lung cancer. Although chemotherapy did shrink the tumours, the last cat skan showed the cancer is now on his skeleton. He is very weak now (went a year and a half without symptoms). This is our final hope...he starts his iressa tomorrow. HOw long before he starts to feel better. Thanks for anyone answering this. Also, has anyone lived longer while taking this?

Iressa Usage

I have been taking for seven weeks. So far I have experinced
Only occasional Diarrea, a rash on face& back of dots

on my

upper chest&upper back and very dry skin on forehead . Not bad side effects
If Isee improvement on Cat scan to taken on March 30 ,2004

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Has there ever been any accounts of tongue swelling after the use of Iressa?


Have diarrhea. Have skin changes, severe dry skin on legs and face and cracked and bleeding heels of feet. Tired and require a lot of sleep. Loss of appetite - nothing tastes good.

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rarely, hand foot syndrome has occured in some patients on iressa

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