What is this medicine?

ENCORAFENIB (en koe raf e nib) is a medicine that targets proteins in cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat melanoma.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): BRAFTOVI

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

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

  • bleeding disorders
  • eye disease, vision problems
  • heart disease
  • history of irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • low levels of potassium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to encorafenib, 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. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not take with grapefruit juice. 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 have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If your next dose is to be taken in less than 12 hours, then do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • cisapride
  • dronedarone
  • fluconazole
  • pimozide
  • posaconazole
  • saquinavir
  • thioridazine
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • diltiazem
  • dofetilide
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
  • grapefruit juice
  • other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
  • ziprasidone

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

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

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

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 2 weeks after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. 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 or for 2 weeks after stopping it.

This medicine may interfere with your ability to father a child. You should talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if you are concerned about your fertility.

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
  • blurred vision or changes in vision
  • coughing up blood
  • headaches
  • pain, tingling, numbness or the hands or feet
  • signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; red or dark-brown urine; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds; red spots on the skin; unusual bruising or bleeding for the eye, gums, or nose
  • signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; breathing problems
  • signs and symptoms of high blood sugar like dizziness; dry mouth; dry skin; fruity breath; nausea; stomach pain; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination
  • weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • hair loss
  • joint pain
  • vomiting

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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). Keep this medicine in the original container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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