This page contains brief information about afatinib dimaleate and a collection of links to more information about the use of this drug, research results, and ongoing clinical trials.
Use in Cancer
Afatinib dimaleate is approved to treat:
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body). It is used:
- As first-line treatment in patients with tumors that have certain epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations.
- In patients with squamous NSCLC that got worse after treatment with platinum chemotherapy.
Afatinib dimaleate is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.
More About Afatinib Dimaleate
Definition from the TCH Drug Dictionary – Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.
MedlinePlus Information on Afatinib Dimaleate – A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:
- warnings about this drug,
- what this drug is used for and how it is used,
- what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
- what you should know about this drug before using it,
- other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
- possible side effects.
Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.