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Medications for Melanoma

Other names: Cancer, Melanoma; Malignant Melanoma; Skin Cancer, Melanoma

Malignant melanoma is a cancerous skin tumor of the skin cells that produce pigment (melanin).

Drugs used to treat Melanoma

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
Opdivo 5.0 7 reviews
Rx N

Generic name: nivolumab systemic

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

nivolumab 4.5 10 reviews
Rx N

Generic name: nivolumab systemic

Brand name:  Opdivo

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Yervoy Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: ipilimumab systemic

Drug class: anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ipilimumab 2.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: ipilimumab systemic

Brand name:  Yervoy

Drug class: anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Intron A Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: interferon alfa-2b systemic

Drug class: antineoplastic interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Keytruda 2.8 10 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: pembrolizumab systemic

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Sylatron Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: peginterferon alfa-2b systemic

Drug class: antineoplastic interferons, antiviral interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

pembrolizumab 3.5 11 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: pembrolizumab systemic

Brand name:  Keytruda

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

interferon alfa-2b 10 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: interferon alfa-2b systemic

Brand name:  Intron A

Drug class: antineoplastic interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

dacarbazine Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dacarbazine systemic

Drug class: alkylating agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

aldesleukin Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: aldesleukin systemic

Brand name:  Proleukin

Drug class: miscellaneous antineoplastics, interleukins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Imlygic Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: talimogene laherparepvec systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous antineoplastics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

talimogene laherparepvec Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: talimogene laherparepvec systemic

Brand name:  Imlygic

Drug class: miscellaneous antineoplastics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Proleukin Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: aldesleukin systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous antineoplastics, interleukins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

temozolomide Off-label Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: temozolomide systemic

Drug class: alkylating agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

peginterferon alfa-2b Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: peginterferon alfa-2b systemic

Brand name:  Sylatron

Drug class: antineoplastic interferons, antiviral interferons

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

atezolizumab Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: atezolizumab systemic

Brand name:  Tecentriq

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Tecentriq Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: atezolizumab systemic

Drug class: anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

nivolumab / relatlimab Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: nivolumab / relatlimab systemic

Brand name:  Opdualag

Drug class: antineoplastic combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Opdualag Rate Add review
Rx N

Generic name: nivolumab / relatlimab systemic

Drug class: antineoplastic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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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.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
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
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
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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