What Does Tasigna Do?

If you have been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), your healthcare provider may prescribe Tasigna® (nilotinib). But what does Tasigna do and how does it work?
 
Tasigna is prescribed to help slow down the progression of this particular type of leukemia. It does this by blocking a certain protein in the body that the cancer cells need in order to grow and multiply.
 
Tasigna is approved for people who have been newly diagnosed with CML or those who have not adequately responded to certain other chemotherapy medications. This medicine comes as capsules that are taken twice daily. It is approved for use in adults age 18 and older.
 
(Click Tasigna Uses for more details on what Tasigna does and how it works. This full-length article also discusses whether there are unapproved uses for this chemotherapy medicine.)
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