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Medications for Erdheim-Chester Disease

About Erdheim-Chester Disease

Erdheim-Chester disease is a very rare condition that can affect many organs of the body and so there can be a range of symptoms depending on the organs affected. It is caused by an abnormal increase in a type of blood cell (myeloid cells) which accumulate in areas around the body.The most common part of the body affected is the bone where there is a hardening and increase in bone density which causes bone pain. The myeloid cells can also accumulate in connective tissue in the brain and spinal cord, lungs, heart, skin or area around the eye. This causes the affected tissue to become thickened and dense which stops the organs functioning properly and leads to heart and lungs problems, diabetes, renal failure, vision issues, and brain function problems like unsteadiness, tremor or trouble walking. Diagnosis of Erdheim-Chester disease occurs by looking at the clinical symptoms and the results of radiological, laboratory, and histological studies. A proportion of patients diagnosed with Erdheim-Chester disease have mutations of the BRAF V600E gene, which increases treatment options.

Drugs used to treat Erdheim-Chester Disease

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Zelboraf Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: vemurafenib systemic

Drug class: multikinase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

vemurafenib Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: vemurafenib systemic

Brand name:  Zelboraf

Drug class: multikinase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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