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Multiple sclerosis


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • MS
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Your Question

I have multiple sclerosis (MS). Several other members of my family also have this condition. My doctor wants to treat me with Tarceva. Do you have information related to the use of this medication for MS? 

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Has Tarceva been used to treat individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

A search of the resources available to us did not find any information about the use of Tarceva to treat MS. This medication, also known as erlotinib, is commonly used to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to nearby tissues or to other parts of the body in patients who have already been treated with at least one other chemotherapy medication and have not gotten better. It may also be used in combination with another medication (gemcitabine or Gemzar) to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread to nearby tissues or to other parts of the body.[1]

Tarceva is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps slow or stop the spread of cancer cells.[1] 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. We encourage you to ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Click here to learn more about this medication.

Last updated: 4/16/2012