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What should I know about Yervoy before receiving it?

Before receiving the melanoma drug Yervoy (ipilimumab), you should know that some people experience extremely dangerous side effects. They include swelling or tears in the intestines, and serious problems in the liver, skin, nerves, eyes or hormone-producing glands. Most occur during the administration of the drug, but some may appear months later.

Because Yervoy affects the immune system, your risk may be higher if you have an autoimmune disorder, such as Crohn's disease or lupus. If you take an immune-suppressing medicine like a steroid, your doctor may need to change the dose before you start Yervoy.

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