Tasigna Uses

How Does It Work?

Tasigna works by blocking a protein in the body known as tyrosine kinase. Tyrosine kinase is responsible for telling leukemia cancer cells to grow and multiply. By blocking this protein, Tasigna slows down the progression of the disease.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Tasigna?

Tasigna is not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years of age), as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Tasigna in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults can use Tasigna. However, some older adults may be more sensitive to Tasigna side effects and may need to be monitored more closely. Also, in clinical studies, older adults with accelerated phase CML did not seem to respond as well to Tasigna treatment as younger adults.

Off-Label Uses of Tasigna

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. Tasigna may be used off-label in the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Other types of leukemia
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)
  • CML in the blast phase
  • Systemic mast cell disease (mastocytosis, a condition characterized by too many mast cells, a type of immune system cell).
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Tasigna Medication Information

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