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It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it. Blood tests will be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control (eg, condoms, a diaphragm, contraceptive foam, or jelly) to keep from getting pregnant during therapy and for 4 weeks after the last dose of this medicine. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Birth control pills may not work while you are using dabrafenib. To keep from getting pregnant, use another form of birth control together with your pills. Other forms of birth control include condoms, a diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly.
This medicine may increase your risk of having cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cuSCC). Check with your doctor right away if you develop any skin changes, including a new wart, change in size or color of a mole, or skin sore or reddish bump that does not heal. Your doctor may want your skin to be tested and checked for any new skin lesions before treatment, every 2 months while you are using this medicine, and for up to 6 months after the last dose of this medicine.
This medicine may cause fever, including severe fever that sometimes happens with low blood pressure, chills, dehydration, or kidney problems. Check with your doctor right away if you have a fever while taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Symptoms include blurred vision, dry mouth, flushed, dry skin, fruit-like breath odor, increased hunger, increased thirst, increased urination, nausea, sweating, troubled breathing, unexplained weight loss, or vomiting. If you are a diabetic, check with your doctor if you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests.
Check with your doctor right away if blurred vision, loss of vision, or any other change in vision occurs during treatment. This could be a sign of a serious eye problem. Your doctor will want you to have your eyes checked by an eye doctor.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine before planning to have a surgery.
This medicine may decrease the amount of sperm men make and affect their ability to have children. If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal (eg, St John's wort) or vitamin supplements.