Generic Name: Imatinib
Brand Names: Gleevec
Gleevec (imatinib) is a medicine that infers with the with the cancer cell development in the body. This medicine is consumed for the treatment of some forms of bone marrow disorders, leukemia (blood cancer), and skin cancer, or some stomach tumors. This medicine can also be consumed for other purposes which are not listed in this guide.
Gleevec (Imatinib) Uses
Imatinib is from the medicine category known as the protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors. This medicine is consumed by the adults as well as the children who are diagnosed newly with the chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).
It is also consumed for the treatment of adults having (CML) or chronic myeloid leukemia in accelerated phase, blast crisis, or chronic phase after having failed for the interferon-alpha therapy. Imatinib is also consumed for the treatment of adults having (GIST) cancerous gastrointestinal stromal tumors that are unable to be removed by the surgery or by spreading other body parts.
Gleevec (Imatinib) Side Effects
Some of the side effects of this medicine includes nausea, stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, joint pain, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, drowsiness or blurred vision, might happen. If any of the following effects worsen or persist, keep it notified to your doctor.
Keep in mind that your doctor have recommended this medicine to you as according to him the benefit are more than the risk of side effects.
Let your doctor know if you are having some severe side effects such as easy, heartbeat, bruising, extreme tiredness, sudden or extreme weight gain, swelling (particularly of the legs and the area around eyes), problem in breathing.
This drug can decrease the ability of the body to fight the infection. Promptly inform your doctor if you develop any infection signs for example chills, fever, or consistent soreness in the throat.
Gleevec (Imatinib) Precautions
Before you take the medicine let your doctor know if you are having allergy with this medicine or if you are having any other kinds of allergies. This medicine might comprise of inactive ingredients that can produce other problems as well as allergic reactions. Consult your doctor for more information.
Before using this medicine, let your doctor now about the complete medical history which includes details about heart problems, bleeding problems, liver problems, and kidney problems.
This medicine might make you drowsy or dizzy or produce blurred vision so do not try to drive vehicle or use heavy machines or do anything which requires you to be attentive until you are sure of doing the task safely.
Gleevec (Imatinib) Drug Interactions
You doctor might already be well acquainted to the interactions of this medicine. Do not stop or start or change the dosage of this medicine without the consultation of your doctor.
This medicine must not be consumed with the warfarin medicine as a very severe interaction might happen. If you already are using the warfarin, let your doctor know about it.