Ibrance is more commonly known by its generic name of palbociclib. It is a cancer medicine which works by interfering with the spread and growth of cancer cells inside the body.
It can be prescribed to both men and women as it can treat some types of advanced breast cancer which already spread to different body parts.
Postmenopausal women may also be prescribed with this medicine along with letrozole (Femara), a hormonal drug. Others may use it along with fulvestrant.
Things to remember
The doctor needs to know the history of the patient including allergies, current medical condition and other medicines currently being used.
Of course, this is not advisable for pregnant women. It should also not be given to those who are looking to conceive a child. This can be very harmful to the unborn baby. A negative pregnancy test may even be required prior to taking Ibrance.
Taking the medicine
The medicine is prescribed for a 28-day cycle of treatment. It may be required that the intake is only during the first three weeks of each cycle. It will be the doctor’s decision as to how long it will be given to you.
It needs to be taken with food. It may be advisable to take it at the same time every day. It is not recommended to chew, crush or break it as it needs to be swallowed entirely.
In a 28-day cycle, 125mg once a day is given orally for 21 days and then 7 days without treatment.
Although there are too many side effects that you may feel while you take this medicine, some of the more common ones are:
* Congestion of the ear
* Tarry, black stools
* Body pains and aches
* Loss of voice
* Sore throat
* Difficulty of breathing
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