Tafinlar (Dabrafenib) is indicated for the treatment of melanoma skin cancer. It is less common than some other types of skin cancer. It is more likely to grow and spread. This may be used alone or in combination with other medications. This medication may also be used with trametinib to treat a type of lung cancer or non-small cell lung cancer – NSCLC.
How does Tafinlar (Dabrafenib) work?
Tafinlar (Dabrafenib) is a cancer growth blocker. It stops signals that cancer cells use to divide and grow. In some cancers, there is a change or mutation in a gene called BRAF. It is a gene that makes a protein that helps cancer cells grow and divide. This drug stops cells making the BRAF protein which is a BRAF inhibitor. This can slow or stop the development of cancer.
Why use Tafinlar (Dabrafenib)?
Tafinlar (Dabrafenib) belongs to the group of cancer-fighting medications known as antineoplastics. Specifically, it belongs to the family called protein kinase inhibitors. This is available as capsules for oral administration with the strength of 50mg and 75mg. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this treatment in the year m2017.
How to use Tafinlar (Dabrafenib)?
The recommended dosage for this medication will depend on your condition and response.
Tafinlar (Dabrafenib) is to be taken by mouth, twice a day with 12 hours apart. You should take it after your meal for at least 2 hours. After taking the medicine, wait for an hour before you eat. Swallow the capsule as a whole do not chew or break it. Take it at the same time each day. Follow your doctor’s prescription very carefully.
What are the side-effects of Tafinlar (Dabrafenib)?
- Hair loss
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches or pain
- Abdominal pain
- Dry skin
- Reddening of the skin
- Fever or chills
- Back pain
- Redness, swelling, numbness on the pals of the hands or soles of the feet
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this treatment, let your doctor know if you have any allergies. Tell also to your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications (herbal supplements or vitamins).
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- You should not share this or any of your medications with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Keep this away from heat, moisture, and reach of children.