Tasigna® (There may be other brand names for this medication.)
How is it Administered?
Nilotinib comes as a capsule. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should be taken on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating any food). It is best to take it at around the same times every day (every 12 hours).
What is it Used For?
Nilotinib is used to treat certain types of leukemia in people whose who cannot take imatinib (Gleevac®) or whose disease was not successfully with Gleevec.
How Does it Work?
Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. Both normal and cancer cells go through cycles that include a resting phase, active growing phases, and division. Your chemotherapy schedule (cycle) is based upon your type of cancer, how quickly the cancel cells divide, and the times when each drug is the most likely to be effective.
Nilotinib belongs to a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps to stop or slow the spread of cancer cells.