Precautions

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It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control during therapy and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

Birth control pills may not work as well 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, diaphragms, or contraceptive foams or jellies.

This medicine may cause fertility (ability to have children) problems in men. Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you plan to have children.

This medicine may increase your risk of having cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cuSCC) or other skin cancers. 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 a skin sore or reddish bump that does not heal. Your doctor may want your skin to be checked for new skin lesions before therapy, during therapy, and for up to 6 months after the last dose.

Check with your doctor right away if eye pain or a change in vision occurs during treatment. This could be a sign of a serious eye problem. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

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.

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.