Dasatinib

Dasatinib is used in the treatment of blood cancer (chronic myeloid leukaemia).

How Dasatinib works
Dasatinib is an anti-cancer medication. It works by blocking the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps to stop or slow the spread of cancer cells.
Common side effects of Dasatinib
Abdominal pain, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Bleeding, Breathing problems, Edema (swelling), Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Infection, Low blood platelets, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Nausea, Rash, Vomiting
How should I take Dasatinib ?
You should take Dasatinib exactly as directed by your doctor. It should be started by doctors who have experience in administering cancer medicines. Take it once a day with or without food. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with Dasatinib , as the chances of side effects may be more.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dose of Dasatinib by less than 12 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the scheduled time. However, if you miss a dose by more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call a doctor.

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    Dasatinib is used as a first-line treatment for a specific kind of chronic myeloid leukaemia in persons who have failed to respond to other leukaemia treatments, such as imatinib (Gleevec), or who are unable to take these medications due to side effects. Dasatinib is also used in children to treat a specific kind of persistent CML.
    Dasatinib is also used to treat a specific kind of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in persons who have outgrown or are unable to tolerate other leukaemia treatments due to side effects. Dasatinib belongs to the kinase inhibitor class of drugs. It works by preventing cancer cells from multiplying by stopping the action of an aberrant protein. This helps to prevent cancer cells from spreading.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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