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What is Farydak?

Farydak (panobinostat) is a type of drug known as a histone deacetylase inhibitor. It is used to treat multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood’s plasma cells, generally after two other treatments have been tried. Farydak is usually prescribed with bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid. Together these drugs may stop the action of enzymes that cause cancerous cells to divide. Farydak is a capsule, usually taken three times a week for two weeks, followed by a week off. A quarter of patients have had severe diarrhea following treatment with Farydak; cardiac abnormalities and fatalities have also occurred. Other negative effects include vomiting, nausea, jaundice, fainting, flu-like symptoms, allergic reaction, weight gain, and unusual bleeding or bruising. Farydak can harm a fetus when used in pregnancy; breastfeeding should be avoided. Safety in child patients has not been established. Negative effects from Farydak are more common in patients over age 65.

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