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Imatinib (Gleevec) for the Treament of Cancer (6606)

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Imatinib (Gleevec)
For the Treatment of Cancer

Imatinib is an oral chemotherapy drug. It is
given to treat GIST (GI Stromal Tumors)
and leukemia (CML).

How it is taken
Imatinib is taken by mouth. It comes in
100mg and 400mg tablets. It is often taken
once a day. Try to take it at the same time
each day. If a larger dose is prescribed, it
may be split in half. Half should be taken in
the morning and the other half in the
evening. Be sure to read the label. It should
be taken with food and a large glass of water
to avoid stomach problems.

Common Side Effects
 Decreased white blood cells and
 Rash, redness of the skin
 Nausea or vomiting
 Diarrhea
 Stomach problems (increased gas,
 Joint pain, swelling
 Muscle pain, cramps
 Fatigue
 Edema (swelling) around the eyes

Less Common Side Effects
 Loss of appetite
 Increased risk of bleeding
 Kidney failure

Rare but Serious Side Effects
 Heart failure

When to Call Your Health Care Team
 Diarrhea not controlled by medicine
 Increased bruising or bleeding
 Dark colored urine or a decrease in
how much or how often you void
 Shortness of breath or chest pain
 Dizziness, weakness, extreme fatigue
 Rapid weight gain or swelling
 Yellow eyes or skin

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