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Generic: dasatinib
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It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing
               



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What is this medicine?

DASATINIB (da SA ti nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat some kinds of leukemia.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding problems
  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • irregular heartbeat
  • liver disease
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dasatinib, lactose, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Avoid taking antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium within 2 hours of taking this medicine. You can take such antacids up to 2 hours before or 2 hours after this medicine. Avoid taking all other medicines that reduce stomach acid.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take your next scheduled dose at its regular time. Do not take double or extra doses. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure what to do.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
  • pimozide
  • St. John's Wort
  • stomach acid blockers like cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine, or omeprazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • aspirin
  • carbamazepine
  • certain antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, troleandomycin)
  • cisapride
  • cyclosporine
  • dexamethasone
  • fentanyl
  • medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine
  • sirolimus
  • tacrolimus
  • warfarin

Talk to your prescriber or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoprofen
  • naproxen

               
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