Tasigna (Nilotinib Hydrochloride Monohydrate)

150mg Capsule

Prescription required. Can not be split. Product of Australia. Shipped from Australia.

200mg Capsule

Prescription required. Can not be split. Product of Australia. Shipped from Australia.

To comply with Canadian International Pharmacy Association regulations you are permitted to order a 3-month supply or the closest package size available based on your personal prescription. read more

Nilotinib Hydrochloride Monohydrate Information

Nilotinib (nye loe' ti nib) Tasigna® Nilotinib may cause QT prolongation (an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death). Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had long QT syndrome (an inherited condition in which a person is more likely to have QT prolongation) or you have or have ever had low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood, an irregular heartbeat, or liver disease. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone); antifungals such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), or voriconazole (Vfend); chloroquine (Aralen); cisapride (Propulsid); clarithromycin (Biaxin, in Prevpac); disopyramide (Norpace); erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); certain medications for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) such as atazanavir (Reyataz), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra), and saquinavir (Invirase); haloperidol; methadone (Dolophine, Methadose); moxifloxacin (Avelox); nefazodone; pimozide (Orap); procainamide (Procanbid, Pronestyl); quinidine; sotalol (Betapace, Betapace AF); telithromycin (Ketek); and thioridazine. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking nilotinib and call your doctor immediately: fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat; fainting; loss of consciousness; or seizures. Take nilotinib on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating any food. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain tests, such as blood tests and electrocardiograms (EKGs, tests that record the electrical activity of the heart) before and during your treatment to be sure that it is safe for you to take nilotinib. Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with nilotinib and each time you refill your prescription. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm) or the manufacturer's website to obtain the Medication Guide. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking nilotinib.

Nilotinib is used to treat certain types of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML; a type of cancer of the white blood cells), including treatment in people whose disease could not be treated successfully with imatinib (Gleevec) or people who cannot take imatinib. Nilotinib is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. 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.

Nilotinib comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken without food twice a day. Nilotinib should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating any food. Take nilotinib at around the same times every day. Try to space your doses about 12 hours apart. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take nilotinib exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water; do not split, chew, or crush them. If you are not able to swallow the capsules whole, mix the contents of a capsule in one teaspoon of applesauce. Swallow the mixture immediately (within 15 minutes.) Do not store the mixture for future use. Your doctor may decrease your dose of nilotinib during your treatment. This will depend on how well the medication works for you and any side effects you may experience. Continue to take nilotinib even if you feel well. Do not stop taking nilotinib without talking to your doctor.

Before taking nilotinib, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to nilotinib or any other medications. tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: certain angiotensin-receptor blockers such as irbesartan (Avapro) and losartan (Cozaar, in Hyzaar); anticoagulants (''blood thinners'') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aripiprazole (Abilify); certain benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), midazolam, and triazolam (Halcion); buspirone (Buspar); certain calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac, others), felodipine (Plendil), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), nisoldipine (Sular), and verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan); certain cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) including atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor),and simvastatin (Zocor); chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, other cough and cold products); dexamethasone (Mymethasone); flecainide (Tambocor); certain medications for depression such as amitriptyline, desipramine (Norpramin), duloxetine (Cymbalta), imipramine (Tofranil), paroxetine (Paxil), and venlafaxine (Effexor); certain oral medications for diabetes such as glipizide (Glucotrol) and tolbutamide; certain medications that suppress the immune system such as cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) and tacrolimus (Prograf); certain medications for seizures such as carbamazepine (Equetro, Carbatrol, Tegretol), phenobarbital, and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek); mexiletine; certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and piroxicam (Feldene); ondansetron (Zofran); propafenone (Rythmol); quinine (Qualaquin); rifabutin (Mycobutin); rifampin (Rifadin); rifapentine (Priftin); risperidone (Risperdal); sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio); tamoxifen; testosterone (Androderm, Androgel, Striant, others); timolol; torsemide; tramadol (Ultram, in Ultracet); trazodone; and vincristine. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Many other medications may also interact with nilotinib, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list. tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John's wort. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any heart problems, pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas, a gland behind the that produces substances to help with digestion), surgery to remove the entire stomach (total gastrectomy), or any condition that makes it difficult for you to digest lactose (milk sugar) or other sugars. tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while you are taking nilotinib. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods that you can use during your treatment. If you become pregnant while taking nilotinib, call your doctor immediately. Nilotinib may harm the fetus. tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed while you are taking nilotinib. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking nilotinib.

Do not eat grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or take any supplement containing grapefruit extract while taking this medication.

Skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Nilotinib may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: rash itching nausea vomiting diarrhea constipation heartburn gas loss of appetite headache dizziness tiredness difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep night sweats muscle cramps back, bone, joint, limb, or muscle pain hair loss dry or reddened skin numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately: unusual bleeding or bruising blood in urine bloody or black, tarry stools unusual tiredness or weakness fever, chills, sore throat, ongoing cough and congestion, or other signs of infection shortness of breath swelling of hands, ankles, feet, or face sudden stomach area pain yellowing of the skin and eyes Nilotinib may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program. It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

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