Tykerb is prescribed with the chemotherapy medication Xeloda or with the hormonal therapy medicine Femara. All three medicines are pills that are taken orally.
You can take Tykerb indefinitely in order to keep the cancer under control. Your doctor would only stop you from taking Tykerb if the cancer stopped responding to it or if you experience any severe side effects.
If your doctor decides to prescribe Tykerb, you may be eligible to participate in the Tykerb CARES program, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (the maker of Tykerb). Tykerb CARES will help you with finding a pharmacy that distributes Tykerb and assist with insurance reimbursement and coverage issues. For more information, you can also call 1-866-4-TYKERB (1-866-489-5372).