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(bosutinib) Tablets

What is BOSULIF?

BOSULIF is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have a certain type of leukemia called Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (Ph+ CML) who no longer benefit from or did not tolerate other treatment.

It is not known if BOSULIF is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age.

Do not take BOSULIF if you are allergic to bosutinib or any of the ingredients in BOSULIF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients of BOSULIF.

Before taking BOSULIF, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver problems
  • have heart problems
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. BOSULIF can harm your unborn baby. You should not become pregnant while taking BOSULIF. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking BOSULIF.
  • are a woman who may become pregnant. Use effective contraception (birth control) during and for at least 30 days after the final dose of BOSULIF. Talk to your doctor about forms of birth control that may be right for you during this time.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOSULIF passes into your breast milk or if it can harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BOSULIF or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. When taken together, BOSULIF and certain other medicines can affect each other.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take BOSULIF?

  • Take BOSULIF exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking BOSULIF without first talking with your doctor.
  • Take BOSULIF with food.
  • Swallow BOSULIF tablets whole. Do not crush or cut BOSULIF tablets. Do not touch or handle crushed or broken BOSULIF tablets.
  • If you take an antacid or H2 blocker medicine, take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after BOSULIF. If you take a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • You should avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and supplements that contain grapefruit extract during treatment with BOSULIF. Grapefruit products increase the amount of BOSULIF in your body.
  • Your doctor may change your dose of BOSULIF or tell you to stop taking BOSULIF depending on how you respond to treatment.
  • If you miss a dose of BOSULIF, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss a dose by more than 12 hours, skip that dose and take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
  • If you take too much BOSULIF, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

What are the possible side effects of BOSULIF?

BOSULIF may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Stomach problems. BOSULIF may cause stomach (abdomen) pain, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. Tell your doctor about any stomach problems.
  • Low blood cell counts. BOSULIF may cause low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia), low red blood cell counts (anemia) and low white blood cell counts (neutropenia). Your doctor should do blood tests to check your blood cell counts regularly during your treatment with BOSULIF. Call your doctor right away if you have unexpected bleeding or bruising, blood in your urine or stools, fever, or any signs of an infection.
  • Liver problems. BOSULIF may cause liver problems. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver function regularly during your treatment with BOSULIF. Call your doctor right away if your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice) or you have dark “tea color” urine.
  • Your body may hold too much fluid (fluid retention). Fluid may build up in the lining of your lungs, the sac around your heart, or your stomach cavity. Call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms during your treatment with BOSULIF:
    • shortness of breath and cough
    • chest pain
    • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
    • swelling all over your body
    • weight gain
  • Kidney problems. BOSULIF may cause kidney problems. Your doctor should do tests to check your kidney function when you start treatment with BOSULIF and during your treatment. Call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms during your treatment with BOSULIF:
    • you urinate more often than normal
    • you urinate less often than normal
    • you make a much larger amount of urine than normal
    • you make a much smaller amount of urine than normal

The most common side effects of BOSULIF include:

  • rash
  • fever
  • tiredness or weakness

Tell your doctor right away if you get respiratory tract infections, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, back pain, joint pain, or itching while taking BOSULIF. These may be symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all of the possible side effects of BOSULIF. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store BOSULIF?

  • Store BOSULIF between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the right way to throw away outdated or unused BOSULIF.

Keep BOSULIF and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of BOSULIF.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use BOSULIF for a condition for which it is not prescribed. Do not give BOSULIF to other people even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about BOSULIF that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in BOSULIF?

Active ingredient: bosutinib.

Inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, poloxamer, povidone, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, talc, and iron oxide yellow (for 100 mg tablet) and iron oxide red (for 500 mg tablet).

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/27/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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