vemurafenib (generic name)

It targets specific cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing
(Vem ue RAF e nib)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need to have blood work while you are taking this medicine.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Men and women should use effective birth control while taking this medicine and for 2 months after stopping this medicine. Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine and for at least 2 months after your last dose. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is 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.

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
-breathing problems
-changes in vision
-dark urine
-eye pain or swelling
-fast or irregular heartbeat
-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
-light-colored stools
-loss of appetite
-new wart; skin sore or reddish bump that bleeds or does not heal; change in size or color of a mole
-pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
-redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
-right upper belly pain
-sensitivity to sunlight or sunburn
-unusually weak or tired
-vomiting
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
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
-decreased appetite
-diarrhea
-dizziness
-dry skin
-hair loss
-headache
-joint pain
-muscle pain
-nausea
-swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
-tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original container. Keep tightly closed. 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.

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