gleevec
(Imatinib Mesylate)

This medicine is a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor used for treating certain types of leukemia, certain bone marrow diseases, a certain type of skin cancer, and certain intestinal tumors (eg, gastrointestinal stromal tumors / GIST). It may also be used to prevent cancer from growing in patients after surgical removal of GIST. It is also used to treat mastocytosis (a build up of large amounts of mast cells in certain parts of the body) or hypereosinophilic syndrome (a buildup of large amounts of eosinophils in the body). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor used for treating certain types of leukemia, certain bone marrow diseases, a certain type of skin cancer, and certain intestinal tumors (eg, gastrointestinal stromal tumors / GIST). It may also be used to prevent cancer from growing in patients after surgical removal of GIST. It is also used to treat mastocytosis (a build up of large amounts of mast cells in certain parts of the body) or hypereosinophilic syndrome (a buildup of large amounts of eosinophils in the body). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE, change your dose, or stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor. LAB TESTS may be performed while you use this medicine. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST THAT YOU TAKE THIS MEDICINE before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. THIS MEDICINE MAY LOWER the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. DO NOT RECEIVE a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine. CHECK YOUR WEIGHT EVERY MORNING and keep a log. Report any 3 to 5 pound weight gain to your doctor. IF VOMITING OR DIARRHEA OCCURS, you will need to take care not to become dehydrated. Contact your doctor for instructions. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to this medicine. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period. THIS MEDICINE MAY REDUCE the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. A SERIOUS AND POSSIBLY FATAL CONDITION CALLED TUMOR LYSIS SYNDROME (TLS) has been reported in certain patients taking this medicine. Contact your doctor right away if you develop symptoms such as fast or irregular heartbeat; fainting; decreased urination; muscle weakness or cramps; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite; or sluggishness. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. IF YOU MAY BECOME PREGNANT, you must use an effective form of birth control while you take this medicine. If you have questions about effective birth control, talk with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medicine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially swelling and fluid retention. This medicine may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and adolescents in some instances. They may need regular growth checks while they take this medicine. FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE HARM to the fetus. DO NOT BECOME PREGNANT while you are using it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
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