Tarceva

(erlotinib)

Skip to: drug prices sectionSkip to: what to expect sectionSkip to: side effects sectionSkip to: risks and warnings sectionSkip to: common concerns from users and pharmacists
ADVERTISEMENT

Treats lung and pancreatic cancer.

Skip Upsides & Downsides section. Skip to side effects section.

Our bottom line

Tarceva (erlotinib) is an oral medication that is effective as first-choice treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer and certain forms of lung cancer, but it can have serious side effects.

Lowest price near you
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $8400.79
Quick facts about Tarceva
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Effective as first-choice treatment for NSCLC with EGFR exon 19 or 21 mutations and for pancreatic cancer. Compared to placebo, Tarceva (erlotinib) significantly prolonged survival in pancreatic cancer.
  • Taken by mouth as a pill.
  • FDA-approved since 2004, so there is more data available compared to newer medications.
  • Fewer serious side effects compared to some chemotherapy options.
Get the newsletter!

Sign up and get Pill Talk, the latest in health & medicine news from Iodine

Get our free fact sheet

What to expect from Tarceva, on one page

Download Fact Sheet
Tried Tarceva? Write a review!

Downsides

  • Need to avoid excessive sun exposure as it can lead to a rash while taking Tarceva (erlotinib).
  • Not a good choice if you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, as it can harm your unborn baby.
  • Certain medications can interfere with Tarceva (erlotinib), so it is important your doctor and pharmacist are aware of all medications you are taking.
Get the newsletter!

Sign up and get Pill Talk, the latest in health & medicine news from Iodine

Get our free fact sheet

What to expect from Tarceva, on one page

Download Fact Sheet
How it works

Tarceva (erlotinib) is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. It targets a protein involved in cancer cell survival and growth.

Quick facts about Tarceva
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Advanced pancreatic cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Lung cancer

Dosage forms

  • Pill
Tried Tarceva? Write a review!

Prices and coupons

Skip prices section. Skip to what to expect section.
Prices and coupons for 30 (150mg) tablets of Tarceva near
Sign up now for a 30-day trial and save up to 95% at CVS, Kroger, Albertsons, and other pharmacies.
Learn more
See more prices and coupons in your area

What to expect when you take Tarceva (erlotinib) for Pancreatic cancer

Skip what to expect section. Skip to side effects section.
  • First few daysDays
    First few weeksWeeks
    First few monthsMonths
    Long term
  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
    Full effects
  • First few daysDays
    First few weeksWeeks
    First few monthsMonths
    Long term
  • Possible side effects
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Cough
Skip side effects section. Skip to risks and warnings section.

Side effect rates for Tarceva (erlotinib)

From 84 clinical trials of Tarceva when taken for non-small cell lung cancer
  • Rash
    85%85%
  • Diarrhea
    62%62%
  • Cough
    48%48%
  • Shortness of breath
    45%45%
  • Dry skin
    21%21%
  • Back pain
    19%19%
  • Chest pain
    18%18%
  • Pink eye
    18%18%
  • Mucous inflammation
    18%18%
  • Itchiness
    16%16%
  • Nail infection
    14%14%
  • Joint pain
    13%13%
  • Muscle pain
    11%11%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Tarceva.

Tarceva (erlotinib)
Placebo

People taking Tarceva felt side effect more

People taking Tarceva felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Tarceva (erlotinib)

Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
  • Rare, serious cases of inflamed lung tissue can occur with Tarceva (erlotinib). Symptoms generally occur between 5 days to 9 months after starting Tarceva (erlotinib). Talk to your doctor if you have trouble breathing, cough, or fever.

Common concerns from people taking Tarceva (erlotinib)

Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
Kidneys and liver
  • Kidney damage and in some cases kidney failure can occur with Tarceva (erlotinib). Your doctor will check your kidneys regularly to make sure they're ok.