Yervoy has a generic name of ipilimumab. It is a medication used to treat cancer. It works by interfering with the spread and growth of cancer cells in the body. It is mainly used for skin cancer or melanoma which can no longer be treated by means of surgery.

It can also be used to prevent melanoma to recur after a surgery including removal of the lymph node.

Prior to taking yervoy, allergies need to be checked. The doctor needs to know if the patient has SLE or other autoimmune diseases, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or any organ transplant happened in the past. Pregnant or those who wish to get pregnant must also not take this medicine.

Method of use

The medication is injected into the vein via IV push. Thus, it should only be given in a hospital or clinic. It needs to be given slowly. The infusion may require 90 minutes to finish.

Side effect

Some of the more common side effects of this drug include fever, tarry/bloody stools, heartburn, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, rash, itchy skin and others. Other rare side effects may include fast heartbeat, bloating, anxiety, confusion, increased thirst, stiffness or muscle pain skin blisters and so on.

Miss dosage and overdosage

If you are scheduled for an injection and will not be able to make it, it is best to inform the healthcare professional right away. There might be minimal chances of overdose considering that health care professionals are the only people who should give this treatment.

Things to avoid

If there are any food or other drug interaction to avoid during the process of treatment, the doctor will definitely tell you more about it.

There may be drugs that can interact with the treatment. It can be over the counter medicine, other prescription or even herbal medicines. It is best that the physician is aware of any of these medicines that you intend to take.


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  1. January 21, 2018

    Ipilimumab (a generic name for Yervoy) is a monoclonal antibody that works in a way that it activates the immune system by targeting CTLA-4, a protein receptor that regulates the immune system. YERVOY medication is thought to help in boosting the body’s natural immune system — a personal weapon against metastatic melanoma.

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