Alunbrig is an FDA-approved anti-cancer medication used to treat anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
It contains the active ingredient, brigatinib which is an anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor.
Generic Name: brigatinib
Brand Name: Alunbrig
Drug class: Multikinase inhibitors
Uses of Alunbrig
It is used to treat metastatic ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
How To Take Alunbrig
Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Alunbrig. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time.
Alunbrig is typically consumed once a day, with or without meals. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet; instead, swallow it whole. Do not take another dose of Alunbrig if you vomit soon after taking it. Maintain your regular routine.
Your blood pressure will need to be monitored on a regular basis. Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, do not stop taking this medication. Store away from moisture and heat at room temperature.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Alunbrig. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Alunbrig’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- abdominal pain
- nausea or vomiting
- trouble breathing
- tingling in your hands or feet
- increased blood sugar level
- muscle pain
- reduced appetite
Severe side effects include:
- severe allergic reaction
- low red blood cell level
- low level of lymphocytes
- high blood pressure
- lung inflammation or infection
- vision changes
- sensitivity to sunlight
- severe muscle pain
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
If you experience severe headaches, confusion, light-headedness, blurred vision, seeing flashes of light, increased thirst or urination, upper abdominal pain spreading to your back, unexplained muscle pain or weakness, fever, cough, chest pain, trouble breathing, very slow heartbeats, or the feeling that you might pass out, contact your doctor right away.