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If your healthcare provider recommends treatment with Tasigna, make sure he or she knows about your medical history and whether you are taking any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements. This chemotherapy drug can cause potentially serious complications in people who have certain heart problems, lactose intolerance, or certain allergies. Other safety precautions for Tasigna include warnings for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Tasigna® (nilotinib) if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • A heart condition known as QT prolongation or long QT syndrome
  • Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure
  • A history of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Been told you have low blood magnesium or potassium levels (hypomagnesemia or hypokalemia)
  • A lactose intolerance (an inability to digest dairy products)
  • Had surgery to remove your stomach (called a total gastrectomy)
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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