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DASATINIB - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Sprycel
USES: This medication is used to treat certain types of cancer (chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using dasatinib and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. This medication should be swallowed whole. Do not break, cut, or crush the tablets. Avoid taking antacids (e.g., aluminum/magnesium hydroxide, calcium carbonate) within 2 hours before or after this medication because they will decrease its effectiveness.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, lab tests, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.
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