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IMATINIB interferes with the growth of some cancer cells.
Imatinib is used to treat certain types of leukemia (blood cancer), bone marrow disorders, and skin cancer, or certain tumors of the stomach and digestive system.
Imatinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Imatinib if you are allergic to imatinib.
To make sure Imatinib is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
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.
Take Imatinib exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
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.
Imatinib can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.
Store Imatinib at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Many drugs can interact with Imatinib. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with Imatinib, especially:
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with Imatinib. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.
Imatinib can pass into body fluids (including urine, feces, vomit, semen, vaginal fluid). For at least 48 hours after you receive a dose, avoid allowing your body fluids to come into contact with your hands or other surfaces. Patients and caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.
Body fluids should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. Use condoms during sexual activity to avoid exposure to body fluids.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Imatinib and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking this medicine.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Imatinib: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common Imatinib side effects may include: