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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Sprycel

Generic Name: dasatinib (Pronunciation: da SAT in ib)

What is dasatinib (Sprycel)?

Dasatinib is a cancer medication that slows the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Dasatinib is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when other cancer treatments have not been effective.

Dasatinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of dasatinib (Sprycel)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • feeling tired or short of breath (even with mild exertion);
  • swelling in your feet or lower legs;
  • rapid weight gain;
  • blue-colored lips and skin; and
  • feeling light-headed or fainting.

Stop using dasatinib and call your doctor at once if you have any of these other serious side effects:

  • pale skin, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about dasatinib (Sprycel)?

Before taking dasatinib, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood, heart disease or a heart rhythm disorder, or if you have a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome."

Do not crush, chew, or break a dasatinib tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Dasatinib can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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