Basic Information On Gleevec
Gleevec is used for the treatment of some types of cancer like gastrointestinal stromal tumors, chronic myeloid leukemia and myeloproliferative/ myelodysplastic diseases. It used for the treatment of certain cancers of the digestive system and stomach. It helps in slowing or stopping the growth of cancer causing cells (also known as tumors). It also helps in causing the cancer cells to die and interferes with the growth of these cancer cells. Gleevec is a prescription medicine and should not be taken without consulting a doctor.
Precautions/Side Effects For Gleevec
You should tell your doctor before taking Gleevec (Imatinib) if you are allergic to any medicine, if you have any kidney or liver disease, heart failure, stomach ulcer or bleeding or if you are on chemotherapy. You should not use Gleevec if you are allergic to Imatinib or any other ingredient of Gleevec drug.
Some regulatory authorities have categorized brand or generic Gleevec as category D medicine for pregnancy. This means that the Imatinib can cause harm to an unborn child. Therefore, it is very important that you consult your doctor before taking brand or generic Gleevec during your pregnancy. You should also consult your doctor before taking this drug even if you are planning to get pregnant. It is not known whether Gleevec passes into breast milk but you should not take this medicine without consulting a doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Recommended dosage of Gleevec is 400 mg or 600 mg once daily or a dose of 800 mg to be taken as 400 mg 2 times daily. Gleevec can be given as once-daily medicine in children. Alternatively, the dosage can be divided into 2 also. There are no results for the response of Gleevec for children younger than 2 years. You should take Gleevec with a full glass of water. This medicine should be taken with food. Never take the medicine on an empty stomach. If you miss one dose of Gleevec, take it as soon as you remember. If you skip your dose and it is almost time for your next meal, you should skip the missed dose and take it with your next meal.
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