Tarceva at Night?

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Tarceva at Night?

by Everose on Sun Jan 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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I just read in one of the chat messages that there was a reason for taking Tarceva at night. Does anyone know why? Noone told us this so my husband takes it at 11:00 in the morning. Is it better at night for some reason?

When to Take Tarceva

by Macdog on Sun Jan 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have been on Tarceva for 11 months now. My oncologist said to take it before I went to bed and on an empty stomach. The information with it says to not eat for at least 2 hours prior to taking. I don't know any real reason for taking at night, but I followed Dr recommendations. So far it has shrunk my tumors and they are no longer visible on a scan.

Tarceva

by Oncrx on Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:00 AM

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Tarceva should be taken on an empty stomach since food can increase its absorption leading to increased adverse effects and inconsistant blood levels. This can be done by taking it 1 hr before or 2 hours after eating OR at bedtime when most people havent eaten for awhile.

Tarceva at Night

by Jelly_Bean on Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have been on Tarceva since July 2005. At first I took it in the morning, but it would put me back to sleep, and I would be tired the rest of the day. I read on one of these message boards that this person took it at night and it put her to sleep. So that's why I switched. I was having a problem falling asleep. It just seemed like I should take advantage of a side effect and make it work for me. My doctor okay'd it. Just make sure you take it two hours after you have eaten last. It works only on an empty stomach. Good luck. Jeanne

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by Ernrol on Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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I take Tarceva in the morning between 6 – 7 am. I don’t think it matters when you take it as long as it is 2 hours after eating and 1 hour before eating. I asked my oncologist if I missed it in the morning could I take it later in the day. He said that would be all right. Some other things I did along with my treatment are below. I went into100% remission. and little to no side effects. My entire routine is below. Each of us is different. I thought that each thing I did added a little to my success. This was all done with the approval of my oncologist. Maybe something here may help you. My chemo cycle was Carboplatin, Taxol, once a week, 3 weeks on 1 week off along with 100mg of Tarceva once a day. Supplements taken during cycle 1 and cycle 2 of chemo: 2 grams AHCC, 3 times a day between meals, 10mg melatonin, before bed, 100mg CoQ10, breakfast and dinner, 1 tab Centrum Silver breakfast, 500mg Calcium breakfast and dinner, 4 tab Citrucel breakfast and dinner, 2 cap Cardio-Edge breakfast and dinner, 1 cap Policosanol breakfast and dinner. Added after first 2 cycles taken with cycle 3 and 4 and still do, but not within 24 hours of chemo. 500mg Green Tea, 100mg Grape seed extract, 320mg Garlic, 30mg zinc, 100mg B-6, all taken with breakfast. Foods I consumed every day, 3-4 egg whites omelet, 1 cup Blueberries, 1 cup, Raspberries, ¼ cup Dry Steal Cut Oatmeal, 4-6 oz Pomegranate Juice, 1-2 oz Noni Juice, 1 cup Soy Milk, 2Tbl Flax seed milled, 1Tbl Wheat Germ. 1 Whole Tomato, 3-4 Tbl Organic Almond Butter, 1 Whole Grain English Muffin, 1 heaping tsp Cinnamon, 1 cup Yogurt, 12-15 8oz glasses of Mountain Valley Water( High Alkaline), Stevia instead of sugar. Other foods but not every day, Fish, heavy on Salmon, Lots of green veg, Chicken, Whole Wheat breads and pasta, sweet potatoes, Nuts, heavy on the Almonds, Soy meat substitutes. Foods excluded, Sweets- sugar, Alcohol, beef, White bread-potatoes-pasta. This got me through the chemo without losing any weight. I actually gained 10 pounds, so I have cut back on the quantity and increase the exercise to try and loose it. Other things that contributed most to managing my cancer. The knowledge that I have a God that has the power to heal me. Strong family support. Support from my Pastor and church. Support from prayer groups all over Florida. The doctors that God led me to. The ability to look forward to each Chemo treatment, I enjoyed every one of them. Being able to maintain my weight. No adverse side effects from chemo. Exercise Program. Exercise 6 Times a week, Weights 3 times a week upper body 40 mins, Aerobic 3 times a week. Tread Mill 47 min including 40 min 12 degree incline @ 4 MPH and 1 min 1.5 degree incline @ 8MPH I have now started to run again. I go 1 mile about 5 times a week. My best time is 10:13. At 68 I am happy with each improvement. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Tarceva at Night

by Ericr on Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:00 AM

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How do you feel while taking Tarceva? Do you experience diarrhea, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. What do you do for these symptoms?
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