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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
NILOTINIB - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Tasigna
WARNING: This drug can infrequently cause serious (possibly fatal) irregular heartbeats (QT prolongation). Nilotinib should not be used in people with low blood levels of certain minerals (potassium, magnesium) or a certain heart problem (long QT syndrome). To lower your risk, your doctor will order certain blood tests (potassium/magnesium levels, liver function tests) before and during treatment with nilotinib. You should have a heart test (EKG) before starting nilotinib. The EKG should be repeated 7 days after your first dose, when your dose is changed, and periodically while you are taking nilotinib.
To decrease the risk of this effect, do not eat for 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking your dose. Other drugs/foods may increase the risk of an irregular heartbeat. Therefore, before taking this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. See also How to Use and Drug Interactions sections.
USES: Nilotinib is used to treat a certain type of blood cancer (chronic myelogenous leukemia-CML). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using nilotinib and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach, usually twice daily about 12 hours apart or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not open, break, or chew the capsules. Do not eat any food for at least 2 hours before or for 1 hour after taking your dose. Taking this medication with food can increase the amount of drug in your body and increase the risk of serious side effects. If unable to swallow the capsules, the capsules may be opened and the contents sprinkled in 1 teaspoon of applesauce. This mixture should be swallowed right away (within 15 minutes). Use only 1 teaspoon of applesauce. Do not sprinkle the contents onto other types of food.
Drink plenty of fluids during treatment with this medication, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
If you are also taking an antacid, take it 2 hours before or after nilotinib. If you are also taking an H2 blocker (such as cimetidine, famotidine), take it 10 hours before or 2 hours after nilotinib.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, laboratory tests, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
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.
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 contents of the capsules.
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