Imatinib

 

Brand: Glivec

Application: Some cancers and blood diseases

 

 

Imatinib Drug Information

Contraindications to imatinib

Drug Interaction Imatinib

Tips to consider before taking imatinib

Possible side effects of imatinib

How to store imatinib

 

 

 

Imatinib Drug Information

Drug Information: Imatinib is a drug for the treatment of certain cancers and blood diseases. In particular, imatinib is used to treat leukemia (cancer of cells in the bone marrow (cells that make blood cells)).

Imatinib is used to treat some myeloproliferative / myelodysplastic (MDS / MPD) diseases. These diseases are a group of blood diseases in which certain blood cells grow out of control and abnormally. Imatinib is used to treat skin cancer called DFSP or dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) (stomach and intestinal cancer).

In all of these diseases, certain cells in the body grow and multiply too quickly. Chemotherapy (anti-cancer) and the use of drugs inhibit the abnormal growth of cells.

 

Contraindications to imatinib

  • Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.
  • Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
  • Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.

 

Drug Interaction Imatinib

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Imatinib can slow the elimination of other drugs from the body and affect their function. An example of such a drug is warfarin.

 

Tips to consider before taking imatinib

Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking imatinib:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.
  • If you have any kidney or liver disease.
  • If you have an infection and feel unwell.
  • If you have any heart disease.
  • If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor's prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
  • If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.

 

Possible side effects of imatinib

All medications can cause side effects; But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away shortly after taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the doctor should be informed:

  • Headache, tiredness, dizziness, sickness, indigestion, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhea, sore mouth, mouth ulcers, itchy rash, muscle cramps, pain, change in food taste, trouble sleeping, eye problems, blood Nose, hair loss, tingling or numbness of the limbs, dry skin; Dry eyes, weight gain and hot flashes / sweat

Talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms that you think may be due to imatinib.

 

How to store imatinib

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.
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