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Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ponatinib include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- Ponatinib may be taken with or without food.
- Do not crush, cut, or chew ponatinib tablets. They must be swallowed whole.
- You should avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice during treatment. This is because grapefruit products may cause too much of the medicine to be absorbed from your digestive tract into your body.
- Try to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- For ponatinib to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better.
The dose of ponatinib your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to the medication
- Whether you experience side effects
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Ponatinib Dosage for more information.)
Ponatinib may react with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Ponatinib).
It is not entirely known what to expect from an overdose with ponatinib. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have taken too much of this or any other medication.
(Click Iclusig Overdose for more information.)