Sprycel

Drug List

Sprycel

Drug Name

Sprycel (Dasatinib)

Manufactured By

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

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NPC's mission is your health. We recognize your need for help when you are applying for discount programs for your prescription medications. We consist of friendly and experienced advocates that not only know how these free and discount programs work, but are ready to help. We are available to take your call and answer any questions you may have as you search for the right program to fit your needs. We can also explain any supporting material you may need to provide as you apply for these programs. If for any reason you are denied, we also are experienced in the best appeals process with a high success rate.

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat certain types of cancer (chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. This medication should be swallowed whole. Do not break, cut, or crush the tablets. Avoid taking antacids (e.g., aluminum/magnesium hydroxide, calcium carbonate) within 2 hours before or after this medication because they will decrease its effectiveness. The dosage is based on your medical condition, lab tests, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Side Effects

Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, tiredness, muscle pain, body aches, and loss of appetite may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: dry cough, swelling (especially of lower legs/the area around eyes), sudden/unexplained weight gain, shortness of breath, black/bloody stools, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, chest pain, confusion, weakness on one side of the body. This medication may cause very serious blood disorders (low number of blood cells such as red cells, white cells, and platelets). This effect can cause anemia, decrease your body's ability to fight an infection, or cause your body to bruise or bleed more easily. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, aspirin), H2 blockers (e.g., cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine), proton pump inhibitors (e.g., lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole). If your doctor has prescribed low doses of aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue to take the aspirin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Other medications can affect the removal of dasatinib from your body, which may affect how dasatinib works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), dexamethasone, HIV protease inhibitors (such as ritonavir, saquinavir), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifabutin), St. John's wort, certain anti-seizure medicines (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), telithromycin, among others. This drug can slow down the removal of other drugs from your body by affecting certain liver enzymes. These affected drugs include ergotamine, fentanyl, simvastatin, and tacrolimus, among others. Ask your doctor about using these drugs safely. Many drugs besides dasatinib may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others. Therefore, before using dasatinib, report all medications you are currently using to your doctor or pharmacist.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.