What is Pembrolizumab?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Keytruda

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Pembrolizumab is a type of specialized, or targeted therapy, that may be used for the treatment of certain types of cancer. It targets the programmed cell death-1 receptor, an action that allows the body's immune system to more easily attack and destroy cancer cells.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 14 12
Non-small cell lung cancer 6 4
Melanoma 2 1
Breast cancer 1 0
Dry mouth 1 0
Large cell carcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 6
Mild 11
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pembrolizumab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 4
Diarrhea 2
Intestinal cramps 2
Nausea 2
Achiness 1
Burning sensation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pembrolizumab

Dosage Patients
200 mg every 3 weeks 7
50 mg every 3 weeks 5
100 mg every 3 weeks 2
25 mg every 3 weeks 1
25 mg every other week 1
every 3 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Pembrolizumab

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 4
Did not seem to work 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Pembrolizumab

Duration

Currently taking Pembrolizumab

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Pembrolizumab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pembrolizumab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Chemotherapy 3
Erlotinib (Tarceva) 2
Interferon alfa-2a 1
Ipilimumab (Yervoy) 1
Nivolumab (Opdivo) 1

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Patients stopped taking Pembrolizumab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ipilimumab (Yervoy) 2
Docetaxel (Taxotere) 1
Durvalumab (Imfinzi) 1
Tremelimumab 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Pembrolizumab.