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Bosulif

Bosulif Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Bosulif

Generic Name: bosutinib (Pronunciation: boe SUE tin ab)

What is bosutinib (Bosulif)?

Bosutinib interferes with the growth of some cancer cells.

Bosutinib is used to treat a type of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Bosutinib is usually given after other similar medications have been tried without success.

Bosutinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of bosutinib (Bosulif)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using bosutinib and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe or ongoing nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain;
  • pain in your chest, on your left side, or behind your breastbone;
  • pain when you breathe, fast or uneven heart rate, feeling short of breath (especially when lying down);
  • anxiety, sweating, wheezing, gasping for breath, cough with foamy mucus; or
  • feeling weak, tired, dizzy, or light-headed.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
  • mild stomach discomfort;
  • joint pain, back pain;
  • mild itching or rash; or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Bosulif (bosutinib tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about bosutinib (Bosulif)?

Bosutinib is used to treat a type of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Do not use bosutinib if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Take bosutinib with food.

Do not break or crush a bosutinib tablet. The medicine from a crushed or broken pill can be dangerous if it gets on your skin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to safely handle and dispose of a broken tablet.

Stop using bosutinib and call your doctor at once if you have fever, easy bruising or bleeding, shortness of breath, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), swelling or rapid weight gain, blood in your stools, or severe and ongoing vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea.

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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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