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Gleevec Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking imatinib (Gleevec)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to imatinib.

To make sure you can safely take imatinib, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • underactive thyroid, recent or upcoming thyroid surgery;
  • heart disease, congestive heart failure;
  • history of stomach ulcer or bleeding; or
  • if you are receiving chemotherapy.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use imatinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether imatinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Imatinib can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 2 years old without medical advice.

How should I take imatinib (Gleevec)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medicine with a large glass of water.

You may dissolve the imatinib tablet in water or apple juice to make swallowing easier.

Imatinib should be taken with a meal. Do not take imatinib on an empty stomach.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your weight and liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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