Dabrafenib Oral Capsule
For treating cancer.
Swallow the medicine without crushing or chewing it.
Take on empty stomach - 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
It is very important that you take the medicine at about the same time every day. It will work best if you do this.
Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not keep in the bathroom.
Keep the medicine away from heat and light.
If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is less than 6 hours to the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.
Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.
This medicine may cause higher blood sugar levels or diabetes. Please follow your doctor's instructions and check your blood sugar level regularly while on this medicine.
This medicine may decrease the effectiveness of some birth controls which use hormones (such as birth control pills and patches). Use an extra form of birth control, such as condoms, while on this medicine.
It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.
Avoid touching any powder from an open or broken capsule. If the powder touches the skin, nose, or eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.
This medicine may increase the risk of some types of cancer. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Do not use the medication any more than instructed.
Do not breastfeed while on this medicine. You may safely start breastfeeding 2 weeks after stopping treatment.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.
Women of childbearing age should have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medicine.
Women or men must use reliable forms of birth control while taking this medicine and for 2 weeks after stopping to prevent pregnancy.
Women who are pregnant or in their childbearing years should not touch or handle this medicine. This medicine can be absorbed through the woman's skin and harm the unborn baby.
Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.
This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- hair loss
- pain in the joints
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
- unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
- pain in the eye
- eye redness, itching or discharge
- fever or chills
- swelling in the neck or throat
- severe or persistent headache
- fast or irregular heart beats
- high blood sugar
- sensitivity to light
- skin irritation such as redness, itching, rash, or burning
- shortness of breath
- change in the size or color of a skin mole
- sore throat
- slurred speech
- blood in stool
- dark, tarry stool
- unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
- urinating less often
- blood in urine
- blurring or changes of vision
- weakness on one side of the body
- sudden or unexplained weight gain
A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it. Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions. Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English. Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.
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