FAQs ABOUT DASTILA 50 TABLET
What DASTILA 50 TABLET is used for?
DASTILA 50 TABLET is used to treat cancers of blood and bone marrow (such as chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) or Philadelphia chromosome positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) in adults, adolescents and in children (aged 1 year or above). It is primarily used in patients when treatment with conventional therapies is not suitable or fails to provide adequate response.
How DASTILA 50 TABLET works on my body?
DASTILA 50 TABLET is an anti-cancer medicine. It works by blocking the actions of certain proteins (such as BCR-ABL, Src kinase, etc.) in the body that triggers cancer formation. As a result, it reduces abnormal growth and multiplication of cancer cells in the body.
Can DASTILA 50 TABLET cure cancer?
The cure rate of cancer depends upon the severity of the disease. However, DASTILA 50 TABLET acts by preventing the abnormal growth and multiplication of cancer cells in the body, which may help in curing cancer completely.
Can the use of DASTILA 50 TABLET cause hair loss?
Hair loss is one of the common side effects of taking DASTILA 50 TABLET. If it bothers you, consult your doctor for advice.
Can the use of DASTILA 50 TABLET cause mouth ulcers?
Mouth ulcers are one of the common side effects of taking DASTILA 50 TABLET. Avoid eating spicy foods. Drink plenty of water. Apply a pain-relieving gel on the affected areas of the mouth if required. Consult your doctor if the symptom did not improve.
Can DASTILA 50 TABLET be used in children?
DASTILA 50 TABLET can be used in children and adolescents (aged 1 year or above) if prescribed by the physician. It should not be used in children aged below 1 year due to increased risk of side effects.
Is DASTILA 50 TABLET a chemo drug?
Yes. DASTILA 50 TABLET contains a medicine called Dasatinib which is a chemotherapeutic agent. It stops abnormal growth and multiplication of cancer cells in the body.
What happens if I forgot to take a dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET?
If you forgot to take a dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET, skip the missed dose and take the next one regularly. Do not take a double dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET to compensate the missed ones.
What precautions must be followed while taking DASTILA 50 TABLET?
Before taking DASTILA 50 TABLET inform your doctor if you have any liver, kidney or heart problems or if you have or at risk of developing hepatitis C infection as a precaution. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking DASTILA 50 TABLET. Leave a time gap of at least 2 hours between DASTILA 50 TABLET and stomach medicines. Inform your doctor before taking DASTILA 50 TABLET if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women. Men and women taking DASTILA 50 TABLET must use a suitable contraceptive method to avoid pregnancy while undergoing therapy with DASTILA 50 TABLET.
Will taking a higher dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET be more effective?
No, taking a higher dose of DASTILA 50 TABLET will not be effective rather it can lead to toxicity. Always take the dose prescribed by your doctor. If the prescribed dose is not effective for you, consult your doctor for advice. Your doctor might increase the dose or suggest an alternative therapy.
What happens if I stop taking DASTILA 50 TABLET?
No. Do not stop taking DASTILA 50 TABLET without consulting your doctor as it may make your symptoms reappear. Therefore, take DASTILA 50 TABLET as advised by your doctor for the stipulated duration.
Can DASTILA 50 TABLET be used during pregnancy?
DASTILA 50 TABLET is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless considered necessary by the physician. Therefore, inform your doctor before taking DASTILA 50 TABLET if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
Can the use of DASTILA 50 TABLET make me feel tired?
Yes. DASTILA 50 TABLET may make you feel tired easily. This is because, it reduces the levels of red blood cells in your blood and may make you anaemic. Consult your doctor if you experience tiredness after taking DASTILA 50 TABLET. Tiredness can also occur if you have any pre-existing disease conditions such as liver or kidney impairment while taking this medicine.
Can I drive a car after taking DASTILA 50 TABLET?
DASTILA 50 TABLET may make you feel tired or dizzy. Therefore, do not drive or operate any heavy tools or machines if your ability is affected by DASTILA 50 TABLET.
How to take DASTILA 50 TABLET?
Take DASTILA 50 TABLET as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. DASTILA 50 TABLET can be taken with or without food.
How to control nausea caused due to DASTILA 50 TABLET?
Generally, anticancer medicines are associated with uncontrollable nausea and vomiting. To avoid this, your doctor would prescribe a suitable medicine to control them along with DASTILA 50 TABLET. If not, consult your doctor for a suitable anti-emetic medicine. Do not self-treat nausea.
What are the side effects of taking DASTILA 50 TABLET?
The most common side effects of taking DASTILA 50 TABLET are increased bleeding tendency, increased infections, feeling tired or weak, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, mouth ulcers, changes in taste, inflammation of the food pipe or stomach, muscle pain or spasm, skin rashes, headache, dizziness and weight loss. Contact your doctor if any of these side effect worsens.
Who should avoid taking DASTILA 50 TABLET?
DASTILA 50 TABLET is not recommended for use if you are allergic to dasatinib. It is also not recommended for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women and in children (aged below 1 year).
Is DASTILA 50 TABLET safe to use in kidney disease?
DASTILA 50 TABLET should be used with caution in patients with kidney problems. Your doctor will access your health condition and suggest a suitable dose for you.
Can the use of DASTILA 50 TABLET affect the liver?
Yes. DASTILA 50 TABLET may affect the way your liver work. It can elevate the levels of certain liver enzymes in your body. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients with liver problems. Consult your doctor before taking it.