Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Gleevec
Generic Name: imatinib (Pronunciation: im MA ta nib)
What is imatinib (Gleevec)?
Imatinib interferes with the growth of some cancer cells.
Imatinib is used to treat a certain types of leukemia (blood cancer) such as Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is also used to treat certain tumors of the stomach and digestive system.
Imatinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Gleevec 100 mg
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Gleevec 400 mg
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What are the possible side effects of imatinib (Gleevec)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about imatinib (Gleevec)?
Do not use imatinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, underactive thyroid, congestive heart failure, a history of stomach ulcer or bleeding, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.
Take this medicine with a large glass of water.
Imatinib should be taken with a meal. Do not take the medicine on an empty stomach.
If you miss a dose, take the medicine as soon as you remember, making sure you also eat a meal and drink a large glass of water. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next meal. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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