imatinib-mesylate
(Gleevec)

Imatinib, a kinase inhibitor,  is prescribed to treat certain types of cancers, including leukemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and other cancers. It is a chemotherapy drug that blocks abnormal protein action that signals cancer cells to multiply, thereby slowing down the growth of cancer cells.

Imatinib Mesylate is prescribed to treat certain types of cancers, including leukemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and other cancers.

Imatinib Mesylate is taken orally/by mouth with 8oz of water or as directed by your physican. Do not crush this medication.

 

CAUTIONS: Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you. You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor. If you have upset stomach, throwing up, loose stools (diarrhea), or are not hungry, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects. Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well. Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Very bad and sometimes deadly holes in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract have happened with this drug. Talk with your doctor. Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this drug. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes. Patients with cancer who take this drug may be at greater risk of getting a bad and sometimes deadly health problem called tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). Call your doctor right away if you have a fast heartbeat or a heartbeat that does not feel normal; any passing out; trouble passing urine; muscle weakness or cramps; upset stomach, throwing up, loose stools or not able to eat; or feel sluggish. Long-term use of this drug may lower how well the kidneys work. Call your doctor if you have signs of kidney problems like blood in the urine, change in how much urine is passed, or not able to pass urine. If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects. Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor. This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor. Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug. This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
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