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Odomzo is a medicine used to treat a type of skin cancer, called basal cell carcinoma, that has come back following surgery or radiation or that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.
How does this medication work?
Odomzo works by blocking the action of a protein that signals cancer cells to multiply, which in turn may slow down the growth of your basal cell carcinoma.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Odomzo may cause your basal cell carcinoma to shrink, or it may help control your disease.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Odomzo exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order certain tests to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Odomzo can harm an unborn baby or cause severe birth defects if taken during pregnancy. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the risks of Odomzo to your unborn child. Your healthcare provider will do a pregnancy test before you start taking Odomzo. Women should use birth control during treatment and for at least 20 months after the last dose of Odomzo.
It is not known if Odomzo is present in semen. Men should always use a condom, even if they had a vasectomy, during sex with female partners who are pregnant or who are able to become pregnant, during treatment with Odomzo and for at least 8 months after the final dose to protect their female partner from being exposed to Odomzo.
Common side effects may include: muscle spasms, hair loss, changes in taste, tiredness, nausea, muscle or bone pain, diarrhea, weight loss, decreased appetite, abdominal (stomach area) pain, headache, pain, vomiting, itching.
Do not take Odomzo if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Odomzo. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have muscle pain or spasms, a history of a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis or myopathy, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 200 milligrams once a day.
Take Odomzo exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Odomzo without first talking with your healthcare provider.
Take Odomzo on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Do not donate blood or blood products while you are taking Odomzo and for 20 months after your last dose.
Do not donate semen while taking Odomzo and for at least 8 months after your last dose.
If Odomzo is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Odomzo may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Odomzo can harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Women should use birth control during treatment and for at least 20 months after the last dose of Odomzo. Men should always use condoms, even if they have had a vasectomy, during sex with female partners who are pregnant or who are able to become pregnant, during treatment with Odomzo and for at least 8 months after the last dose. It is not known if Odomzo passes into breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for 20 months after your last dose of Odomzo. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you become pregnant while taking Odomzo, you or your healthcare provider should report your pregnancy to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
If you miss a dose of Odomzo, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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