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Generic: nilotinib
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It targets a specific protein within cancer cells and stops the cells from growing
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • amoxapine
  • astemizole
  • bupivacaine
  • cisapride
  • clozapine
  • cyclobenzaprine
  • disopyramide
  • droperidol
  • flecainide
  • grapefruit or grapefruit juice
  • halofantrine
  • haloperidol
  • maprotiline
  • methadone
  • perphenazine
  • pimozide
  • quinidine
  • ranolazine
  • risperidone
  • sunitinib
  • tacrolimus
  • terfenadine
  • thioridazine
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antacids
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, troleandomycin
  • dexamethasone
  • medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, fluconazole
  • medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
  • medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole
  • medicines for sleep
  • mifepristone
  • propoxyphene
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • rifapentine
  • St. John's Wort
  • tamoxifen
  • warfarin
  • zafirlukast

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for checks on your progress. You will need to have regular blood tests while on this medicine. Report any new symptoms promptly.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.

Be careful brushing and flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.

Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast- feed an infant while taking this medicine.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

               
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