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How to take BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI

BRAFTOVI (encorafenib) is an oral medicine taken one time per day. MEKTOVI (binimetinib) is taken two times per day. Take BRAFTOVI at the same time each day with either the morning or evening dose of MEKTOVI. 

ONCE-DAILY BRAFTOVI

Six (75-mg) BRAFTOVI capsules


1st DOSE OF MEKTOVI

Three (15-mg) MEKTOVI tablets

About
12 HOURS
after the first dose

2nd DOSE OF MEKTOVI

Three (15-mg) MEKTOVI tablets

  • Do not change your dose or stop taking either medicine unless your doctor tells you to. If you develop certain side effects, your doctor may change your dose, temporarily stop, or completely stop your treatment with either medicine.
  • If you stop treatment with BRAFTOVI, talk to your doctor about whether your MEKTOVI treatment may need to be stopped.
  • If you stop treatment with MEKTOVI, talk to your doctor about your BRAFTOVI treatment. Your BRAFTOVI dose may need to be changed or stopped.
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​​​​​​​What to do if you miss a dose

If you miss a dose of BRAFTOVI

Take your dose as soon as you remember. If it is within 12 hours of your next scheduled dose, take your next dose at your regular time. Do not make up for the missed dose.

If you miss a dose of MEKTOVI

Take your dose as soon as you remember. If it is within 6 hours of your next scheduled dose, take your next dose at your regular time. Do not make up for the missed dose.

Do not take an extra dose if you vomit after taking your scheduled dose.

Take your next dose at the regular time.

Important things to remember when taking BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI

Tell your healthcare team about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRAFTOVI and certain other medicines can affect each other, causing side effects or affecting how BRAFTOVI or other medicines work.

​​​​​​​When starting a new treatment, it can be helpful to make it part of your daily routine.

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Take with or without food

Take BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI with or without a meal or snack. There is no need to fast.

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Do not eat grapefruit

Avoid consuming grapefruit when taking BRAFTOVI. Grapefruit products may increase the amount of BRAFTOVI in your body.

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Store in a dry place

Store BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI in their original bottles and in a dry place at room temperature. Keep the bottles closed tightly to protect them from moisture.

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Take it at home

BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI is not an infusion, and it does not need to be refrigerated. That means you can take it at home or on the go.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION AND INDICATION

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION AND INDICATION

BRAFTOVI (encorafenib) and MEKTOVI (binimetinib) may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Risk of new skin cancers. BRAFTOVI, when used alone or with MEKTOVI, may cause skin cancers called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk for these cancers.

    Check your skin and tell your healthcare provider right away about any skin changes, including a:

    • new wart
    • skin sore or reddish bump that bleeds or does not heal
    • change in size or color of a mole

    Your healthcare provider should check your skin before and every 2 months during treatment, and for up to 6 months after you stop treatment to look for any new skin cancers.

    Your healthcare provider should also check for cancers that may not occur on the skin. Tell your healthcare provider about any new symptoms that develop during treatment.

  • Heart problems, including heart failure. Your healthcare provider should check your heart function before and during treatment with MEKTOVI. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of a heart problem:

    • feeling like your heart is pounding or racing
    • shortness of breath
    • swelling of your ankles and feet
    • feeling light-headed
  • Blood clots. MEKTOVI can cause blood clots in your arms or legs, which can travel to your lungs and can lead to death. Get medical help right away if you have the following symptoms:

    • chest pain
    • sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • pain in your legs with or without swelling
    • swelling in your arms and legs
    • a cool, pale arm or leg
  • Bleeding problems. BRAFTOVI, when taken with MEKTOVI, can cause serious bleeding problems, including in your stomach or brain, that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider and get medical help right away if you have any signs of bleeding, including:

    • headaches, dizziness, or feeling weak
    • cough up blood or blood clots
    • vomit blood or your vomit looks like “coffee grounds”
    • red or black stools that look like tar
  • Eye problems. MEKTOVI can cause serious eye problems that might lead to blindness. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms of eye problems:

    • blurred vision, loss of vision, or other vision changes
    • see colored dots
    • see halos (blurred outline around objects)
    • eye pain, swelling, or redness
  • Lung or breathing problems. MEKTOVI can cause lung or breathing problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worsening symptoms of lung or breathing problems, including:

    • shortness of breath
    • cough
  • Liver problems. Your healthcare provider should perform blood tests to check your liver function before and during treatment with MEKTOVI. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of a liver problem:

    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes (jaundice)
    • dark or brown (tea-colored) urine
    • nausea or vomiting
    • loss of appetite
  • Muscle problems (rhabdomyolysis). MEKTOVI can cause muscle problems that can be severe. MEKTOVI may increase the level of an enzyme in your blood called creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and can be a sign of muscle damage. Your healthcare provider should perform a blood test to check your CPK levels before and during treatment. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms:

    • weakness
    • muscle aches or pain
    • dark, reddish urine
  • Changes in the electrical activity of your heart called QT prolongation. QT prolongation can cause irregular heartbeats that can be life-threatening. Your healthcare provider should do tests before you start taking BRAFTOVI with MEKTOVI and during your treatment to check your body salts (electrolytes). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel faint, light-headed, dizzy, or if you feel your heart beating irregularly or fast while taking BRAFTOVI with MEKTOVI. These symptoms may be related to QT prolongation.

Tell your healthcare team if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI can harm your unborn baby. Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective non-hormonal birth control (contraception) during and for at least:

    • 2 weeks after the last dose of BRAFTOVI
    • 30 days after the last dose of MEKTOVI
    • Birth control methods that contain hormones (such as birth control pills, injections, or transdermal systems) may not work as well during treatment with BRAFTOVI.
    • Your healthcare team will do a pregnancy test before you start taking BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you might become pregnant during treatment.

Talk to your healthcare team if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if either treatment passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI and for:

    • 2 weeks after the final dose of BRAFTOVI
    • 3 days after the final dose of MEKTOVI

BRAFTOVI may cause fertility problems in males. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.

The most common side effects of BRAFTOVI when taken with MEKTOVI, include: fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and pain or swelling of your joints.

Before taking BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have had bleeding problems
  • have eye problems
  • have heart problems, including a condition called long QT syndrome
  • have been told that you have low blood levels of potassium, calcium, or magnesium
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have had blood clots
  • have lung or breathing problems
  • have any muscle problems
  • have high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRAFTOVI and certain other medicines can affect each other, causing side effects or affecting how BRAFTOVI or other medicines work. You should also avoid grapefruit products during treatment with BRAFTOVI.

These are not all the possible side effects of BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Pfizer Inc. at 1-800-438-1985.

Please see both BRAFTOVI full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, and MEKTOVI full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information, for additional information.

What is BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI?

BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI are prescription medicines used together to treat people with a type of skin cancer called melanoma:

  • that has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be removed by surgery, and
  • that has a certain type of abnormal “BRAF” gene

BRAFTOVI should not be used to treat people with wild-type BRAF melanoma. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI is right for you.

It is not known if BRAFTOVI or MEKTOVI is safe and effective in children.

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What is BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI?

BRAFTOVI (encorafenib) and MEKTOVI (binimetinib) are prescription medicines used together to treat people with a type of skin cancer called melanoma:

  • that has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be removed by surgery, and
  • that has a certain type of abnormal “BRAF” (V600E or V600K) gene

BRAFTOVI should not be used to treat people with wild-type BRAF melanoma. Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that BRAFTOVI + MEKTOVI is right for you.

It is not known if BRAFTOVI or MEKTOVI is safe and effective in children.