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The miracle drug

Posted by Cindy Lott on December 3rd, 2015

For those of you that might be interested in the chemo drug that I will be taking I've shared the following... Toggle navigation Chemocare Erivedge Generic name: Vismodegib Erivedge is the trade for the generic chemotherapy drug Vismodegib. In some cases, health care professionals may use the generic name Vismodegib when referring to the trade name Erivedge. Drug type: Erivedge is a targeted therapy. It is a hedgehog pathway inhibitor- (For more detail, see "How this drug works," below.) What this drug is used for: For the treatment of metastatic basal cell carcinoma, or locally-advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or in patients who are not candidates for surgery, and not candidates for radiation therapy. Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful. How this drug is given: Erivedge is a capsule, taken by mouth, once daily. It can be taken with or without food. Side effects: Important things to remember about the side effects of Erivedge: Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed. Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration. Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete. There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects. There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication. The following side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for patients taking Erivedge: Muscle spasms Hair loss Abnormal taste Weight loss Nausea Amenorrhea (no menses) These side effects are less common side effects (occurring in about 10-29%) of patients receiving Erivedge: Diarrhea Decreased appetite Constipation Joint pain Vomiting Loss of taste Not all side effects are listed above. Some that are rare (occurring in less than 10% of patients) are not listed here. However, you should always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms. When to contact your doctor or health care provider: Contact your health care provider immediately, day or night, if you should experience any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4° F (38° or higher, chills) Signs of a reaction: Wheezing
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