Dasatinib is used to treat various types of leukemia. Leukemia is a type of cancer that produces too many abnormal white blood cells in the body. Dasatinib is known as antineoplastics or cancer drugs. Dasatinib interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed in the body. This medicine should be prescribed under the supervision of a doctor.
In deciding to use, it is better to consider the risks related to this drug and compare it to its advantages. This decision is made by your doctor and you. For this drug, the following points should be considered:
Allergy and sensitivity
If you have ever had an unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicine, tell your doctor. In addition, tell your doctor about any other allergies, such as food allergies, allergies to preservatives, and allergies to animals. For non-injectable products, carefully read the instructions on the packaging and drug ingredients.
Adequate studies have not been conducted on the relationship of age to the effects of dasatinib in children. The safety and effectiveness of the drug has not been proven.
The studies conducted until today have not shown any problems or limitations regarding the use of this drug on the elderly. Although, some elderly people may be more sensitive than young people to the side effects of Dasatinib.
Studies conducted on animal samples have shown that this drug does not have a beneficial effect during pregnancy, but studies related to its effect on human samples have the opposite effect during pregnancy.
Breastfeeding and nursing mothers
There are not enough studies in women to determine the risk to the baby if this drug is used during breastfeeding. Before taking this drug while breastfeeding, the potential benefits should be weighed against the potential risks.
Although some drugs should not be taken at the same time, there are some cases in which it is better to use them at the same time despite drug interactions. In such cases, the doctor advises the patient to change the amount of medication or listens to other precautions. However, tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking (prescribed by your doctor or over-the-counter).
Other drug interactions
Some medicines should not be taken during or near meals. In addition, it is possible to eat certain foods and use tobacco and alcohol while prescribing this medicine. Consult your specialist regarding all these dietary and medicinal restrictions. The simultaneous use of drugs may be considered the best treatment option for the patient. If using any specific medication, the doctor may change the amount of one of the prescribed medications.
Other medical problems
The existence of other drug problems will also affect the effectiveness of this drug. Discuss any medical problems with your doctor, especially if you have:
Arrhythmia (heart rhythm problem)
Congenital prolonged syndrome (heart rhythm problem)
Edema (fluid retention or swelling
Neutropenia (low white blood cells)
palpitations (rapid heartbeat)
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets in the blood) Use with caution, may worsen condition.
Infection Dasatinib may decrease your body’s ability to fight infection.
Lactose intolerance, use with caution. This medicine contains lactose.
Possible side effects of dasatinib
All drugs, along with their positive effects, can cause unwanted side effects in the body. Although these complications do not occur in all people. With the passage of time, your body adapts to the new drug and these symptoms also disappear, but if the following symptoms continue or become painful, consult your doctor.
Headache, general body aches
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision: Avoid driving and working with tools in these conditions.
Boredom, upset stomach, indigestion: Eat simple foods.
Diarrhea and constipation: drink plenty of water.
Bleeding, dry cough, fever: Tell your doctor right away.
Loss of appetite, ringing in the ears, mood changes, sleep problems, changes in the sense of taste, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, weight changes: Tell your doctor if any of these bother you.
Changes in the results of blood tests, heart disorders, high blood pressure: the doctor regularly monitors these cases.
Talk to your doctor if you develop other symptoms that you feel are due to the use of dasatinib.
Precautions regarding the use of dasatinib
Before starting dasatinib treatment, let your doctor know about any medication you are taking (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbs, etc.). Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products unless your doctor tells you to.
Dasatinib interacts with many common medications. Inform your doctor before starting any new medication. Do not receive any vaccinations or immunizations while receiving dasatinib without your doctor’s approval.
If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, inform your doctor before starting treatment. The drug category of lapatinib in pregnancy is D and may be harmful to the fetus.
Women and men should use contraceptive methods and not have children. It is recommended to use barrier methods such as condoms. Breastfeeding should be avoided while receiving this medicine.
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