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Mekinist Uses

How Does It Work?

Mekinist belongs to a broad group of medicines known as kinase inhibitors. More specifically, it is a MEK inhibitor. MEK stands for mitogen-activated extracellular signal regulated kinase. It is a protein that is involved in telling cells to grow and multiply. Mekinist blocks the action of MEK, and thus helps to stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells, which can slow down the progression of melanoma.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Mekinist?

This drug has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in this age group (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years old). Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits of using Mekinist in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Mekinist can be taken by older adults. However, clinical studies did not include enough individuals aged 65 years or older to determine if they respond to or tolerate the medicine any differently than younger individuals. As with many medicines, older adults may need to be monitored more closely during Mekinist treatment.

Off-Label Uses for Mekinist

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for Mekinist.
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