- Do not take if you are pregnant. Use during pregnancy may cause birth defects or loss of the unborn baby. If you get pregnant or plan on getting pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
- If you are a woman who can get pregnant, you will need to take a pregnancy test within 7 days before you start taking this drug. Start using birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy before you take this drug. Keep using birth control while taking this drug and for 7 months after stopping this drug. Talk with your doctor about what kind of birth control is best for you.
- If you are a woman and you miss a period, have unprotected sex, or think that your birth control has not worked, call your doctor right away.
- If you are a man and have sex with a pregnant female or a female who could get pregnant, you must use a condom during care and for 3 months after stopping this drug. Use a condom even if you have had a vasectomy. Talk with your doctor right away if your partner is pregnant or if she gets pregnant or thinks she is pregnant during this time.
- It is used to treat skin cancer.
- If you have an allergy to vismodegib or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this drug or within 7 months after you stop taking it.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Do not donate blood while using this drug and for 7 months after stopping.
- This drug is found in semen. Do not donate semen while you take this drug and for 3 months after your last dose.
- This drug may cause menstrual periods to stop in females who can get pregnant. This may affect being able to have children. It is not known if this will go back to normal. Talk with the doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Hair loss.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Not hungry.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Weight loss.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Change in taste.
- Take with or without food.
- Swallow capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call
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