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More Info on Vorinostat Indications

How Does This Medication Work?

Vorinostat belongs to a class of medicines known as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. The exact way it works to treat T-cell lymphoma is unknown. The medication alters the structure of important proteins involved in gene expression -- the process by which the information contained in genes is interpreted. It may stop cancer cells from reproducing and cause cell death.

Can Children Use Vorinostat?

Vorinostat is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years of age). Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in a person younger than age 18.

Is It Used in Older Adults?

In clinical trials, people age 65 and older did not respond any differently to vorinostat than younger age groups. However, some older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Therefore, in general, older adults may need to be closely monitored during treatment.

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Vorinostat?

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend this medication for treating something other than cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. This is called an "off-label" use. Possible off-label vorinostat uses may include the treatment of:
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