Generic Name: nilotinib

Nilotinib is the generic for the trade chemotherapy drug Tasigna. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name Tasigna when referring to the generic drug name nilotinib.

Drug Type:
Tasigna is targeted therapy. Tasigna is classified as a signal transduction inhibitor – protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor. For more detail, see How Tasigna Works below.
What Tasigna Is Used For:
Tasigna is used for treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positve CML that is refactory or intolerant to prior therapy, including imatinib.

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.