Alecensa (Alectinib)

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Alecensa (alectinib) is a medication used to treat lung cancer. It works by disrupting the cancer cells’ ability to grow, transform, and avoid death. You can buy Alecensa as 150mg capsules at Canada Drugs Direct. Store your Alecensa capsules at room temperature and keep them out of reach of children.


  • Take your dose with a meal or snack.
  • Swallow your Alecensa capsules whole. Do not crush or chew them. Do not open the capsules.
  • If you miss a dose or vomit after taking a capsule, skip it, and continue with your next scheduled dose.
  • The usual dose is:
    • Take 600mg by mouth twice daily.
    • Tell your doctor if you experience adverse effects. They could decrease your dose.


  • The active ingredient is alectinib hydrochloride.
  • See the package insert for a full list of ingredients.
Fact Table
Formula C30H34N4O2
License US: FDA
Routes of administration By mouth
Legal status Rx Only
Chemical Name Alectinib
Elimination half-life 33 hours
Dosage (Strength) 150 mg
Pregnancy Not yet classified
Brands Alecensa
Protein binding >99%
PubChem CID 49806720
MedlinePlus a616007
ChEBI 90936
ATC code L01XE36
DrugBank DB11363
KEGG D10542
Bioavailability 37%


  • Do not use Alecensa if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients.
  • Do not use Alecensa if you are pregnant.
    • Females should wait one week after discontinuation of Alecensa before getting pregnant. Visit our birth control page to learn about avoiding pregnancy.
  • Male patients should use condoms during therapy and for three months after they stop using Alecensa.
  • Let your doctor know if you experience any of the following side effects. They could adjust your Alecensa treatment.
    • Symptomatic bradycardia
      • Slowed heart rate (less than 60 beats per minute)
      • Low blood pressure
      • Chest discomfort
      • Lightheadedness
      • Shortness of breath
    • Muscle pains
    • Cough
    • Fever
  • Alecensa can damage your liver. Your doctor should monitor your liver enzymes during your Alecensa treatment.
  • You could experience a decrease in kidney function while using Alecensa.

Side Effects

  • Edema
  • Constipation
  • Anemia (low or high grade)
  • Lymphocytopenia (low or high grade)
  • Liver enzyme elevation
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Bradyarrhythmia (see irregular heartbeat page)
  • Endocarditis
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Bleeding
  • Increased creatinine kinase
  • Kidney impairment
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis
  • Pulmonary embolism


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IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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