Generic Name: Vismodegib (vis moe DEG ib)
Brand Name: Erivedge
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby or loss of the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- If you are a woman who can get pregnant, you will need to have a pregnancy test within 7 days before you start taking Erivedge (vismodegib). You will need to use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking Erivedge (vismodegib) and for 24 months after your last dose. Talk with your doctor about what kind of birth control is best for you.
- If you are a woman and you miss a period, have unprotected sex, or think that your birth control has not worked, call your doctor right away.
- If you get pregnant while taking Erivedge (vismodegib) or within 24 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.
- If you are a man and have sex with a pregnant female or a female who could get pregnant, you must use a condom during care and for 3 months after stopping Erivedge (vismodegib). Use a condom even if you have had a vasectomy. Talk with your doctor right away if your partner is pregnant or if she gets pregnant or thinks she is pregnant during this time.
Uses of Erivedge:
- It is used to treat skin cancer.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Erivedge?
- If you have an allergy to vismodegib or any other part of Erivedge (vismodegib).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Erivedge (vismodegib) or within 24 months after you stop taking it.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Erivedge (vismodegib) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Erivedge?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Erivedge (vismodegib). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not donate blood or blood products while taking Erivedge (vismodegib) and for 24 months after your last dose.
- This medicine is found in semen. Do not donate semen while you take Erivedge (vismodegib) and for 3 months after your last dose.
- This medicine may cause menstrual periods to stop in females who can get pregnant. This may affect being able to have children. It is not known if this will go back to normal. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine is not approved for use in children. Bone growth problems have happened in children who have taken Erivedge (vismodegib). These problems may keep going after Erivedge (vismodegib) is stopped. Talk with the doctor.
How is this medicine (Erivedge) best taken?
Use Erivedge (vismodegib) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, open, or crush.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
What are some other side effects of Erivedge?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Hair loss.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Not hungry.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Weight loss.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Change in taste.
- Muscle spasm.
- Joint pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Erivedge?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Erivedge (vismodegib) is refilled. If you have any questions about Erivedge (vismodegib), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Erivedge (vismodegib) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Erivedge (vismodegib). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Erivedge (vismodegib). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Erivedge (vismodegib).
Review Date: March 7, 2018
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