How Does Halaven Work?
is part of a group of medications called microtubule inhibitors. It works by preventing cell division and, eventually, causing the cell to die.
While Halaven can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly. Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by Halaven.
Is It Safe for Use in Children?
Halaven has not been adequately studied in children or adolescents under the age of 18 years old. It is not known if Halaven is safe or effective for children.
Can You Use Halaven for Off-Label Reasons?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Halaven for something other than treating metastatic breast cancer
. This is referred to as an "off-label
" use. Using Halaven for treating other types of cancer or in combination with other types of chemotherapy would be off-label uses of this drug.