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What is Opdivo?

Opdivo (nivolumab) is a drug approved for use in fighting advanced kidney cancer, advanced non-small cell lung cancer, and inoperable or advanced melanoma skin cancer. It is an intravenous drug, infused over an hour. Dosage varies according to the type of cancer treated, and may be prescribed with other drugs. Side effects may include cough, nausea, and tiredness. Opdivo may cause fetal harm, and is only advised for use during pregnancy if necessary. Women are advised not to breastfeed while being treated with Opdivo. It is not approved for use in children. Opdivo can cause harsh effects on the immune system during treatment. Patients treated with Opdivo who suffer chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, diarrhea, jaundice, rash, difficulty breathing, blood in the urine, headache, stiff neck, or other concerning symptoms should contact their doctor immediately. 

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