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Tafinlar (Dabrafenib)


Tafinlar (Dabrafenib)

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  • Product Details


    Tafinlar is a prescription medication used to treat advanced melanoma, a type of skin cancer. It is a kinase inhibitor that targets the BRAF protein, which is involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells.

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    US DailyMed, EU EMA



    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    8 hours

    Dosage (Strength)



    Consult Doctor



    Protein binding


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    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    The recommended dose is 150 mg taken by mouth twice daily. Tafinlar can be taken with or without food.

    Do not take Tafinlar in a way differently than prescribed.


    The active ingredient in Tafinlar is dabrafenib.


    Tell your healthcare team if you are taking any of the following:

    • Abemaciclib
    • Alfentanil
    • Aminolevulinic Acid
    • Antihepaciviral Combination Products
    • Asunaprevir
    • Atogepant
    • Avacopan
    • Avanafil
    • Avapritinib
    • Axitinib
    • Bedaquiline
    • Bosutinib
    • Brigatinib
    • Capmatinib
    • Cariprazine
    • Clarithromycin
    • Cobimetinib
    • CYP2C8 Inhibitors
    • CYP3A4 Inhibitors
    • Daclatasvir
    • Daridorexant
    • Dasabuvir
    • Deflazacort
    • Disopyramide
    • Domperidone
    • DOXOrubicin
    • Dronedarone
    • Duvelisib
    • Elbasvir and Grazoprevir
    • Encorafenib
    • Entrectinib
    • Erdafitinib
    • Fedratinib
    • Fexinidazole
    • Finerenone
    • Flibanserin
    • Fusidic Acid
    • Ganaxolone
    • Glasdegib
    • GuanFACINE
    • Hormonal Contraceptives
    • Ibrexafungerp
    • Indinavir
    • Infigratinib
    • Ivabradine
    • Larotrectinib
    • Lefamulin
    • Lemborexant
    • Lenacapavir
    • Levoketoconazole
    • Lonafarnib
    • Lorlatinib
    • Lumateperone
    • Lurasidone
    • Lurbinectedin
    • Maraviroc
    • Mavacamten
    • Methadone
    • Mitapivat
    • Mobocertinib
    • Neratinib
    • Nisoldipine
    • Olaparib
    • Olutasidenib
    • Orelabrutinib
    • Pacritinib
    • Pemigatinib
    • Perampanel
    • Pimavanserin
    • Pimozide
    • Praziquantel
    • Pretomanid
    • QT-prolonging Agents
    • QT-prolonging Strong CYP3A4 Inhibitors
    • QuiNIDine
    • QuiNINE
    • Ranolazine
    • Rimegepant
    • Ripretinib
    • Selpercatinib
    • Selumetinib
    • Sertindole
    • Simeprevir
    • Sonidegib
    • Tazemetostat
    • Ubrogepant
    • Ulipristal
    • Vandetanib
    • Velpatasvir
    • Venetoclax
    • Voclosporin
    • Vonoprazan
    • Vorapaxar
    • Voxelotor
    • Voxilaprevir
    • Zanubrutinib


    Tafinlar may cause severe skin reactions, fever, and liver problems. Inform your doctor if you have a history of skin cancer, liver disease, or heart problems before starting Tafinlar.

    Tafinlar may also cause new melanomas or non-melanoma skin cancers. Inform your doctor of any changes in your skin, including new moles or growths.

    Tafinlar may also cause eye problems, including uveitis and vision loss. Inform your doctor if you experience any changes in your vision.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects of Tafinlar may include

    • Alopecia
    • Arthralgia
    • Back pain
    • Basal cell carcinoma of the skin
    • Bullous rash
    • Chills
    • Constipation
    • Cough
    • Dizziness
    • Fatigue
    • Febrile reaction
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Hyperkeratosis
    • Hyponatremia
    • Hypophosphatemia
    • Increased serum alkaline phosphatase
    • Interstitial nephritis
    • Kaposi sarcoma
    • Keratoacanthoma
    • Malignant melanoma
    • Malignant neoplasm
    • Myalgia
    • Nasopharyngitis
    • Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia
    • Pancreatitis
    • Papilloma
    • Skin rash
    • Squamous cell carcinoma of skin
    • Uveitis
    • Xeroderma


    Tafinlar [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2014.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13755

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