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Vemurafenib Drug Information

Vemurafenib (ZelborafTM) is used in adults who have a certain type of melanoma (a form of skin cancer). Specifically, this prescription medication is used when the cancer has spread to other areas of the body or cannot be treated with surgery.
 
Vemurafenib is also only used when a person has an abnormal "BRAF" gene. This gene helps in regulating cell growth. When the gene is defective, as in some cases of melanoma, it can cause an abnormal growth of cells. Vemurafenib helps slow down the progression of melanoma by blocking the action of the abnormal BRAF gene and preventing an overgrowth of cancer cells.
 
To help ensure your safety with vemurafenib, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking (including vitamins and supplements), as well as any allergies you may have (including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives). Vemurafenib comes in tablet form and is taken twice a day.
 
(To read the complete article on this drug, click Vemurafenib. This Web selection offers more information on how this medicine works, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
 

Vemurafenib Drug Information

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