Available by prescription only, dasatinib is used to treat two types of leukemia: chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It comes as a tablet that is taken once daily. Although this can be an effective medicine, it may not be suitable for some people who are taking certain medications or who have certain medical conditions. Headaches, diarrhea, and fatigue are possible side effects.
What Is Dasatinib?
Dasatinib (Sprycel®) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of leukemia (cancer of the blood and bone marrow). Dasatinib belongs to a group of medicines known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
Just like any medicine, dasatinib can cause side effects. Although not everyone who takes the drug will have problems, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild or moderate in severity and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of dasatinib include but are not limited to:
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