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Vismodegib Oral capsule

It is used to treat certain types of skin cancer

Generic Name: Erivedge

What is this medicine?

VISMODEGIB is used to treat certain types of skin cancer. It targets specific cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-an unusual or allergic reaction to vismodegib, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. You can take this medication with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?


-antacids
-azithromycin
-clarithromycin
-erythromycin
-medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 7 months after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Men should not father a child while taking this medicine or for 2 months after stopping it. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

Do not give blood while taking this medicine or for 7 months after stopping it.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-changes in taste
-constipation
-diarrhea
-hair loss
-joint pain
-loss of appetite
-muscle cramps
-nausea, vomiting
-tiredness
-weight loss

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: February 10, 2012
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