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Does Tasigna (nilotinib) cause hair loss?

Medically reviewed by Melisa Puckey, BPharm. Last updated on June 27, 2023.

Official answer


Yes, Tasigna can cause hair loss as a side effect.
In Tasigna clinical trials 11% to 13% of patients developed alopecia (hair loss).

Tasigna is a cancer medicine that is used to treat Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML).

Other medications used to treat Ph+ CML are Bosulif, Gleevec and Sprycel which have varying rates of hair loss according to clinical trials.

Medication Hair Loss Rate
Bosulif (bosutinib) Not listed
Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) 1% - 10%
Sprycel (dasatinib) 1% - 10%
Tasigna (nilotinib) 11% - 13%

If you are concerned about hair loss and you are taking Tasigna you should speak to your healthcare provider.

  • Gleevec Professional Medication Information:
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  • Bosulif Professional Medication Information:
  • Sprycel Professional Medication Information:

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