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General Information on Taking Nilotinib

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with nilotinib include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day, about 12 hours apart.
  • Nilotinib should be taken on an empty stomach; do not eat for at least two hours before a dose or for one hour afterwards. Taking nilotinib with food may cause you to absorb too much medicine, which could increase your risk for serious side effects.
  • One possible way to accomplish this dosing regimen is to take one dose an hour before breakfast and the second dose an hour before dinner.
  • Nilotinib must be swallowed whole with a large glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or cut the capsules.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit while taking this medication.
  • If you are unable to swallow the capsules, you may open them and mix the contents with one teaspoon of applesauce. Eat the applesauce within 15 minutes.
  • Try to take your doses at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or nilotinib dosing in general, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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