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Kyprolis Uses

How Does This Medicine Work?

As mentioned previously, Kyprolis belongs to a group of medicines known as proteasome inhibitors. Proteasomes are proteins found inside healthy cells and cancerous cells. One of their actions is to break down abnormal or unneeded proteins. Proteasome inhibitors, such as Kyprolis, block the action of proteasomes and prevent them from breaking down proteins. As a result, proteins build up in cells, causing the cells to die.
 
Kyprolis can kill both cancer cells and healthy cells, which is what causes many of the dangerous side effects. However, it has a greater effect on cells that rapidly multiply. In general, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by treatment.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Kyprolis?

Kyprolis is not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years old), as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults can use Kyprolis. In clinical studies, there were no differences in how well the medicine worked or was tolerated in older versus younger adults.
 

Off-Label Kyprolis Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for treating something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for Kyprolis.
 
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