ERIVEDGE contains the active ingredient vismodegib.
ERIVEDGE belongs to a group of medicines called anti-neoplastic (or anti-cancer) agents.
ERIVEDGE is used to treat adults with a type of skin cancer called advanced basal cell carcinoma. It is used when the cancer;
Surgery and radiation treatment may not be appropriate because;
ERIVEDGE works by controlling a key protein involved in this type of cancer. ERIVEDGE may slow or stop the cancer cells from growing, or may kill them. As a result, your skin cancer may shrink.
Research undertaken in the development of ERIVEDGE utilized cell lines derived from human embryos.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have given it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take ERIVEDGE if:
1. you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant during the course of treatment or during the 7 months after your final dose of the medicine.
2. you are a woman who is able to have children but you are unable or unwilling to use two acceptable forms of birth control (contraception) during the course of treatment or during the 7 months after your final dose of the medicine.
3. you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed in the future
4. the package is torn or shows signs of tampering
5. the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if:
1. You plan to donate blood or blood products during treatment with ERIVEDGE or plan to do so in the future.
2. you are allergic (hypersensitive) to vismodegib or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet or allergic to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him or her before you start taking ERIVEDGE.
ERIVEDGE should not be used in children and adolescents. The safety and effectiveness in people younger than 18 years old have not been established.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you have bought without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking antibiotics or any herbal medicines (such as St. John's wort), because they can make female birth control (contraception) less effective.
ERIVEDGE may interfere with some medicines. These include:
Some medicines may be affected by ERIVEDGE, or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking ERIVEDGE.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about any medicine you are taking.
If you are a female patient and want to have children after treatment with ERIVEDGE, talk to your doctor about fertility preservation.
It is not known whether ERIVEDGE causes infertility. In clinical trials, some female patients no longer experienced their menstrual period after starting treatment.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
The recommended dose of ERIVEDGE is one capsule once a day.
Swallow the capsules whole with a full glass of water.
Do not crush, open or chew the capsule.
ERIVEDGE can be taken with or without food.
Take ERIVEDGE at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Continue taking ERIVEDGE for as long as your doctor tells you.
How long you will be treated with ERIVEDGE depends on how you are responding to treatment. Your doctor will discuss this with you.
If you forget to take ERIVEDGE, do not to take the missed capsule but resume with the next scheduled dose.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering your dose, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ERIVEDGE. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking ERIVEDGE.
Tell all doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine.
Both men and women who are able to have children need to take precautions so that a pregnant woman is not exposed to ERIVEDGE. You need to do this for 7 months after stopping treatment if you are a woman and for 2 months after stopping treatment if you are a man.
ERIVEDGE may cause severe birth defects. It may also lead to the death of a baby before it is born or shortly after being born.
Talk to your doctor immediately if you have unprotected sex or if you think your contraception has failed.
Talk to your doctor straight away if you become pregnant or think that you may be pregnant.
If you have stopped menstruating during the course of treatment you must still use 2 forms of acceptable contraception during treatment and for 7 months after your last dose.
Always use a condom (with spermicide, if available), when you have sex during treatment and for 2 months after your final dose of ERIVEDGE.
A vasectomy does not give enough protection without a condom.
Talk to your doctor straight away if your partner becomes pregnant or thinks she is pregnant while you are taking ERIVEDGE.
Talk to your doctor about the best contraception for you.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken ERIVEDGE exactly as prescribed.
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
Tell your doctor if you feel ERIVEDGE is not helping your condition.
Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked.
Do not stop taking ERIVEDGE or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without first telling your doctor or consulting a pharmacist.
Do not give ERIVEDGE to anyone else even if they have the same condition as you.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ERIVEDGE affects you.
It is now known if ERIVEDGE affects your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ERIVEDGE.
This medicine helps most people with advanced basal cell carcinoma but it may have unwanted side effects.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
The above list includes the more common side effects of this medicine.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
Keep your capsules in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the capsules out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Do not store ERIVEDGE or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
ERIVEDGE is available in blister packs of 28 capsules.
ERIVEDGE capsules have a pink body with "150mg" printed in black ink and a grey cap with "VISMO" printed in black ink.
ERIVEDGE contains 150 mg of vismodegib as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
The capsule shell contains:
This medicine does not contain, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
ERIVEDGE is distributed in Australia by:
Roche Products Pty Ltd
ABN 70 000 132 865
4 - 10 Inman Road
Dee Why NSW 2099
Customer enquiries: 1800 233 950
Please check with your pharmacist for the latest Consumer Medicine Information.
Australian Registration Number:
This leaflet was prepared on 29 April 2013.