Frequently asked questions during treatment

Here is a list of some questions to go over with your doctor or other healthcare provider. You can also refer to it throughout your treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about Erivedge?

A: Erivedge can cause your baby to die before it is born (be stillborn) or cause your baby to have severe birth defects.

How do I take Erivedge?

A: Take 1 capsule every day. Be sure to swallow the capsule whole. Do not open or crush the capsule.

Can I take Erivedge with meals?

A: Yes, you can take it with or without food.

Are there any drug interactions with Erivedge?

A: Please talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about all current medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How long should I take Erivedge?

A: Every patient is different. You will need to discuss this with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It’s recommended that you continue taking Erivedge as long as it’s working for you and your side effects are tolerable. In a clinical study, half of the patients took Erivedge for more than 10 months and half took Erivedge for less than 10 months. Patients stayed on Erivedge anywhere from 3 weeks to 19 months. 

What if I forget to take my pill? 

A: If you happen to miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next scheduled dose.

What lifestyle changes should I expect to make during treatment?

A: Each patient is different, so you should speak to your doctor or other healthcare provider about your lifestyle and any potential changes.

Can I exercise while taking Erivedge?

A: Be sure to talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider before starting treatment to determine an exercise plan that is most appropriate for you.

What are the possible side effects of Erivedge?

A: Bone growth problems. Bone growth problems have happened in children who have been exposed to Erivedge. These problems may continue even after stopping treatment with Erivedge.

The most common side effects of Erivedge are muscle spasms, hair loss, change in how things taste or loss of taste, weight loss, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, decreased appetite, constipation, joint pain, and vomiting.

Erivedge can cause absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) in females who are able to become pregnant. It is not known if amenorrhea is permanent. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.

These are not all the possible side effects of Erivedge. Because everyone is different, it is not possible to predict what side effects any one person will have or how severe they may be. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech, Inc. at (888) 835-2555.

What if I can’t tolerate the side effects?

A: You should discuss any side effects with your doctor or other healthcare provider. But if you experience side effects that are severe, it’s important to let your doctor or other healthcare provider know right away.

What if I have other questions?

A: Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider with any questions you may have. You can also talk to registered nurses at the Erivedge Patient Support Line Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM ET, who may be able to answer your questions. Just call (855) 7-ERIVEDGE (or 855-737-4833). 

This information and Erivedge Patient Support Line are for educational purposes only and are not intended to provide medical advice or replace the medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare provider, who should always be your primary source of information about your health, diagnosis, and treatment.

Indication

Erivedge is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a type of skin cancer, called basal cell carcinoma, that has spread to other parts of the body or that has come back after surgery or that your healthcare provider decides cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.

It is not known if Erivedge is safe and effective in children.

Serious Side Effects

Erivedge can cause your baby to die before it is born (be stillborn) or cause your baby to have severe birth defects.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about Erivedge?

  • Erivedge can cause your baby to die before it is born (be stillborn) or cause your baby to have severe birth defects

For females who can become pregnant:

  • You should talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of Erivedge to your unborn child
  • Your healthcare provider will do a pregnancy test before you start taking Erivedge
  • In order to avoid pregnancy, you should use birth control during treatment and for 24 months after your final dose of Erivedge. Talk with your healthcare provider about what birth control method is right for you during this time
  • Talk to your healthcare provider right away if you have unprotected sex or if you think that your birth control has failed
  • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think that you may be pregnant

For males:

  • Erivedge is present in semen. Do not donate semen while you are taking Erivedge and for 3 months after your final dose
  • You should always use a condom, even if you have had a vasectomy, during sex with female partners who are pregnant or who are able to become pregnant, during treatment with Erivedge, and for 3 months after your final dose to protect your female partner from being exposed to Erivedge
  • Tell your healthcare provider right away if your partner becomes pregnant or thinks she is pregnant while you are taking Erivedge

Exposure to Erivedge during pregnancy:

If you think that you or your female partner may have been exposed to Erivedge during pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider right away. If you become pregnant during treatment with Erivedge, you or your healthcare provider should report your pregnancy to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Erivedge?

  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Erivedge passes into your breast milk. You should not breastfeed during treatment and for 24 months after your final dose of Erivedge. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during this time
  • About all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

What should I avoid while taking Erivedge?

  • Do not donate blood or blood products while you are taking Erivedge and for 24 months after your final dose
  • Do not donate semen while you are taking Erivedge and for 3 months after your final dose

What are the possible side effects of Erivedge?

  • Bone growth problems. Bone growth problems have happened in children who have been exposed to Erivedge. These problems may continue even after stopping treatment with Erivedge
  • The most common side effects of Erivedge are:
    • Muscle spasms
    • Hair loss
    • Change in how things taste or loss of taste
    • Weight loss
    • Tiredness
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Decreased appetite
    • Constipation
    • Joint pain
    • Vomiting

Erivedge can cause absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) in females who are able to become pregnant. It is not known if amenorrhea is permanent. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Erivedge. Because everyone is different, it is not possible to predict what side effects any one person will have or how severe they may be. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

Please see full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information, including serious side effects, and the Medication Guide.