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Available by prescription only, ipilimumab is used to treat a serious form of skin cancer called melanoma. It comes as an injection that is administered intravenously by your healthcare provider every three weeks for up to four doses. Although this can be an effective medicine, it may not be suitable for some people who are taking certain medications or who have certain medical conditions.
What Is Ipilimumab?Ipilimumab (Yervoy™) is a prescription medication approved to treat melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer, when it has spread to other areas of the body (metastasized) or cannot be removed with surgery. It belongs to a group of medicines called monoclonal antibodies.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, ipilimumab can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.