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Erivedge Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Erivedge (vismodegib) is indicated for the treatment of adults with certain forms of skin cancer, including metastatic basal cell carcinoma or locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or who are not candidates for surgery, and who are not candidates for radiation. The most commonly seen side effects from the use of Erivedge were muscle spasms, hair loss (alopecia) weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, and vomiting.
Erivedge is administered orally in capsule form. Erivedge can be harmful to unborn children and may cause severe birth defects. Women who can become pregnant should evaluate the risks of using Erivedge with their doctors. It is not known if Erivedge passes into breast milk. Women should decide with their health care providers whether to take Erivedge or breastfeed.
Our Erivedge Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Erivedge FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.
ERIVEDGE capsule was administered as monotherapy at doses ≥ 150 mg orally daily in four open-label, uncontrolled, dose-ranging or fixed single dose clinical trials enrolling a total of 138 patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC). The median age of these patients was 61 years (range 21 to 101), 100% were White (including Hispanics), and 64% were male. The median duration of treatment was approximately 10 months (305 days; range 0.7 to 36 months); 111 patients received ERIVEDGE for 6 months or longer.
The most common adverse reactions ( ≥ 10%) were muscle spasms, alopecia, dysgeusia, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, decreased appetite, constipation, arthralgias, vomiting, and ageusia (Table 1).
Table 1: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 10% of Advanced BCC Patients
|MedDRA Preferred Term2||All aBCC1 Patients (N = 138)|
|All Grades3 (%)||Grade 3 (%)||Grade 4 (%)|
|Nausea||42 (30.4%)||1 (0.7%)||-|
|Diarrhea||40 (29.0%)||1 (0.7%)||-|
|General disorders and administration site conditions|
|Fatigue||55 (39.9%)||7 (5.1%)||1 (0.7%)|
|Weight loss||62 (44.9%)||10 (7.2%)||-|
|Metabolism and nutrition disorders|
|Decreased appetite||35 (25.4%)||3 (2.2%)||-|
|Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders|
|Muscle spasms||99 (71.7%)||5 (3.6%)||-|
|Arthralgias||22 (15.9%)||1 (0.7%)|
|Nervous system disorders|
|Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders|
|1aBCC = Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma.
2MedDRA = Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities.
3Grading according to NCI-CTCAE v3.0.
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Additional Erivedge Information
- Erivedge Drug Interactions Center: vismodegib oral
- Erivedge Side Effects Center
- Erivedge FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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