sonidegib (Odomzo)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is sonidegib, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Odomzo (sonidegib) is an oral medication used to treat a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. Sonidegib is an inhibitor of the hedgehog biological signaling pathway, a pathway that promotes the growth of both normal and cancer cells. Sonidegib binds to and inhibits smoothened, a protein involved in hedgehog signaling. Inhibiting smoothened disrupts cell signaling and growth of cancer cells. Sonidegib was approved by the FDA in July, 2015.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Sonidegib is an oral medication used to treat adults with basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or radiation treatment. It also is used for treating basal cell carcinoma that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.

What brand names are available for sonidegib?

Odomzo

Is sonidegib available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

Do I need a prescription for sonidegib?

Yes

What are the side effects of sonidegib?

The most common side effects of sonidegib include

Women taking sonidegib may experience an absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea). It is not known if amenorrhea is permanent. Women who wish to get pregnant in the future should talk to their doctor for advice.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/24/2015

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