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Bosutinib Oral tablet

It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing

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What is this medicine?

BOSUTINIB (boe SUE ti nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing. This medicine is used to treat chronic myelogenous 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:

-heart disease
-liver disease
-an unusual or allergic reaction to bosutinib, 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. Take this medicine with food. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. Do not take with grapefruit juice. Avoid taking H2 blockers or antacids within 2 hours of taking this medicine. It is best to separate these medicines by 2 hours. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

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

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If your next dose is to be taken in less than 12 hours, then do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following:

-amprenavir
-antacids
-aprepitant
-atazanavir
-boceprevir
-bosentan
-certain medications for fungal infections like fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
-certain medications for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin
-certain medications for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine, esomeprazole, dexlansoprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, and rabeprazole
-ciprofloxacin
-clarithromycin
-conivaptan
-crizotinib
-darunavir
-digoxin
-diltiazem
-efavirenz
-erythromycin
-etravirine
-fosamprevir
-grapefruit juice
-imatinib
-indinavir
-modafinil
-nafcillin
-nefazodone
-nelfinavir
-rifabutin
-rifampin
-ritonavir
-saquinavir
-St. John's Wort
-telaprevir
-telithromycin
-verapamil

What should I watch for while using this 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.

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

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.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

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.


Last Updated: March 12, 2013
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