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Glasdegib

(hlas-DEG-ib)

Trade Name(s): Daurismo®

Glasdegib is the generic name for the trade name drug Daurismo®. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name Daurismo® when referring to the generic drug name Glasdegib.

Drug Type: Glasdegib is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug. This medication is classified as an "Hedgehog Pathway Inhibitor" (for more detail, see "How Glasdegib Works" below).

What Glasdegib Is Used For

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.

How Glasdegib Is Given

  • Glasdegib is administered orally with or without food at approximately the same time each day. It is important to not crush or split the tablets.

The amount of Glasdegib that you will receive depends on many factors, including your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition you have. Your doctor will determine your exact dosage and schedule.

Side Effects

Important things to remember about the side effects of Glasidenib:

  • Most people will not experience all of the side effects listed.
  • Glasdegib's side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset, duration, and severity.
  • Glasdegib's side effects will improve after therapy is complete.
  • Glasdegib's side effects may be quite manageable. There are many options to minimize or prevent the side effects of Glasdegib.

The following side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for patients taking Glasdegib:

These are less common side effects (occurring in 10-29%) for patients receiving Glasdegib:

Not all side effects are listed above. Side effects that are very rare - occurring in less than about 10 percent of patients - are not listed here. But you should always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms.

When to Contact Your Doctors of Health Care Provider

Contact your health care provider immediately, day or night, if you should experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4º F (30º C) or higher, chills (possible signs of infection)

The following symptoms require medical attention, but are not an emergency. Contact your health care provider within 24 hours of noticing any of the following:

  • Nausea (interferes with ability to eat and unrelieved with prescribed medication)
  • Vomiting (vomiting more than 4-5 times in a 24-hour period)
  • Diarrhea (4-6 episodes in a 24-hour period)
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Black or tarry stools, or blood in your stools
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Extreme fatigue (unable to carry on self-care activities)
  • Mouth sores (painful redness, swelling or ulcers)

Always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Precautions

  • Before starting Glasdegib treatment, make sure you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal remedies, etc.). Do not take aspirin, products containing aspirin unless your doctors specifically permits this.
  • Glasdegib has drug-drug interactions with other prescription medications. It is important that your doctor know about all of the other prescribed medications you are taking.
  • Do not receive any kind of immunization or vaccination without your doctor's approval while taking Glasdegib
  • Inform your health care professional if you are pregnant of may be pregnant prior to starting this treatment. Glasdegib may cause fetal harm when given to a pregnant woman. This drug must not be given to a pregnant woman or a woman who intends to become pregnant. If a woman becomes pregnant while taking Glasdegib, the medication must be stopped immediately and the woman given appropriate counseling).
  • For both men and women: Use contraceptives, and do not conceive a child (get pregnant) while taking Glasdegib. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, are recommended for up to 30 days after last dose of Glasdegib.
  • Do not breast feed while taking Glasdegib, or for 30 days after stopping.

Self-Care Tips

  • Drink at least two to three quarts of fluid every 24 hours, unless you are instructed otherwise.
  • You may be at risk of infection so try to avoid crowds or people with colds, and report fever or any other signs of infection immediately to your health care provider.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • To help treat/prevent mouth sores, use a soft toothbrush, and rinse three times a day with 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 8 ounces of water.
  • Use an electric razor and a soft toothbrush to minimize bleeding.
  • Avoid contact sports or activities that could cause injury.
  • To reduce nausea, take anti-nausea medications as prescribed by your doctor, and eat small, frequent meals.
  • Follow regimen of anti-diarrhea medication as prescribed by your health care professionals.
  • Eat foods that may help reduce diarrhea (see managing side effects - diarrhea).
  • Avoid sun exposure. Wear SPF 30 (or higher) sunblock and protective clothing.
  • In general, drinking alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum or avoided completely. You should discuss this with your doctor.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Maintain good nutrition.
  • Remain active as you are able. Gentle exercise is encouraged such as a daily walk.
  • If you experience symptoms or side effects, be sure to discuss them with your health care team. They can prescribe medications and/or offer other suggestions that are effective in managing such problems.

Monitoring and Testing While Taking Glasdegib

You will be checked regularly by your doctor while you are taking Glasdegib, to monitor side effects and check your response to therapy. Periodic blood work will be obtained to monitor your complete blood count (CBC) as well as the function of other organs (such as your kidneys and liver) will also be ordered by your doctor. EKG will also be taken at baseline as well as periodically during the course of therapy, your doctor will decide how frequently.

How Glasdegib Works

Targeted therapy is the result of about 100 years of research dedicated to understanding the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. To date, cancer treatment has focused primarily on killing rapidly dividing cells because one feature of cancer cells is that they divide rapidly. Unfortunately, some of our normal cells divide rapidly too, causing multiple side effects.

Targeted therapy is about identifying other features of cancer cells. Scientists look for specific differences in the cancer cells and the normal cells. This information is used to create a targeted therapy to attack the cancer cells without damaging the normal cells, thus leading to fewer side effects. Each type of targeted therapy works a little bit differently but all interfere with the ability of the cancer cell to grow, divide, repair and/or communicate with other cells.

There are different types of targeted therapies, defined in three broad categories. Some targeted therapies focus on the internal components and function of the cancer cell. The targeted therapies use small molecules that can get into the cell and disrupt the function of the cells, causing them to die. There are several types of targeted therapy that focus on the inner parts of the cells. Other targeted therapies target receptors that are on the outside of the cell. Therapies that target receptors are also known as monoclonal antibodies. Antiangiogenesis inhibitors target the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the cells, ultimately causing the cells to starve.

Researchers agree that targeted therapies are not a replacement for traditional therapies. They may be best used in combination with traditional therapies. More research is needed to identify which cancers may be best treated with targeted therapies to identify additional targets for more types of cancer.

Glasdegib is an inhibitor of the Hedgehog pathway. By inhibiting this pathway, Glasdegib is able to inhibit increases in tumor size and decrease the amount of CD45+/CD33+ cells in the bone marrow.

Note: We strongly encourage you to talk with your health care professional about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained in this website is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute for medical advice.

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