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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Mekinist include the following:
  • Mekinist comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
  • You should take your dose on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal.
  • Try to take your dose at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking this medicine or take a different amount unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended starting dose of Mekinist, regardless of your age or weight. However, your healthcare provider may adjust your dosage if you develop intolerable or serious side effects. 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Mekinist Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Mekinist

As with other anticancer medicines, Mekinist can cause side effects, some of which can be significant. While not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems, many people will experience some type of side effect during treatment.
Common Mekinist side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the face, arms, or legs.
(Click Mekinist Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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