Yervoy (ipilimumab) is used to treat a type of skin cancer called melanoma, and is part of the CTLA-4 antagonist drug class. Yervoy helps to prevent the spread of cancer cells in the body.
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Yervoy is used in the treatment of melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is typically caused by damage from ultraviolet light. Yervoy is a CTLA-4 antagonist that helps to destroy the cancer cells.
Yervoy targets the cancer cells and prevents them from growing and spreading to other areas of the body. Typically, melanoma is curable if it is caught early enough. The drug is administered intravenously.
Below you will find the different uses for Yervoy:
Yervoy dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professionals directions for best results.
- Four treatments of 3mg/kg intravenously over 90 minutes every 3 weeks
Yervoy Side Effects
While taking Yervoy, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
More Common Yervoy Side Effects:
- Black stools
- Stomach pain
Less Common Yervoy Side Effects:
- Burning, itching of the eyes
- Chest pain
- Decreased appetite
- Double vision
- Eye pain
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Trouble breathing
- Weight gain
- Yellow eyes or skin
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Yervoy. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Yervoy. Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.