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What should I know about Keytruda before taking it?

Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a drug used to treat melanoma that can't be removed surgically and isn't responding to other drug treatments. It works by making it easier for the immune system to attack the cancer cells. Unfortunately, Keytruda can also cause the immune system to attack normal tissues and organs. In clinical trials, this led to a wide range of problems in some people, affecting the lungs, liver, kidneys, thyroid, skin, eyes and other organs. Before you receive Keytruda, which is usually given by IV in a doctor's office, you should read the medication guide given to you by your doctor, so you can recognize the symptoms of these problems. For example, shortness of breath, chest pain or a new cough might signal a lung problem, and a change in the amount or color of your urine may be due to a kidney problem. These types of problems were uncommon in clinical trials. 

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