Generic Gleevec (Imatinib) is a medicine suggested for cancer treatment. The medicine inherits the growth of certain cancer cells. The medicine is primarily prescribed against certain types of blood cancers (or leukemia), disorder of bone marrow, stomach tumors, digestive system tumor and cancer of skin. It belongs to ‘protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors’ group of drugs. Generic Gleevec affects enzymes that contribute to prevalence and aggravation of cancer. The medical professional can also prescribe this medicine for other purposes.
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Generic Gleevec contains the active constituent called Imatinib. This ingredient, in fact, is a moleculer kiane inhibitor. Generally, a film-coated tablet contains free-base imatinib in 100 mg measures or 100 mg of imatinib mesylate. The ingredient is chemically denoted as 4-[(4-Methyl- 1-piperazinyl)methyl]-N-[4-methyl-3-[[4-(3-pyridinyl)-2-pyrimidinyl]amino]-phenyl]benzamide methanesulfonate. Its relative molecular mass is 589.7 and is denoted with C29H31N7O • CH4SO3 formula.
The drug Imatinib suppresses the proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death). It also negates tumor growth and multiplication, and other cancerous cells.
Generic Gleevec is a highly effective cancer drug, which needs assistance from professional for proper administration. Hence, the medicine should be taken according to the recommendation of your doctor.
One should not alter the dosage of the medicine. Shorter or prolonged use of the medicine than what is suggested by your doctor is prohibited.
If you need any additional information on dosage administration, then consult your doctor or read the manual given with the medicine.
The medicine should be consumed with a large glass of water or apple juice.
The dose should not be consumed on empty stomach; it should be taken only after meal.
Undergo regular tests as suggested by the doctor to track the remission of the condition. These tests are essential as further treatment is based on the results from the tests.
The medicine can lead to swelling (technically called edema) or serious fluid retention.
Generic Gleevec may also lead to serious issues such as liver issues, heart congestion or cytopenias, etc.
Some individuals also report of irrational bleeding.
You should avoid being around individuals who are generally sick. If you develop any signs or symptoms of the condition, then inform your doctor.
It is better to avert tasks that may increase the risk of bleeding. Even while shaving or bleeding, you should be extremely careful; try using electric shaver rather than usual blade razor.
Store this medicine away from surroundings with extreme heat or sunlight.
To use Generic Gleevec safely and appropriately, tell about medical issues (if any) to the doctor, such as –
History of liver/kidney disease, thyroid abnormalities, cardiac disease, digestive problems, etc.
Undergoing treatment with OTC or prescription medications
Hypersensitivity to any therapeutic drugs
This medicine is contraindicated in pregnant women and nursing mothers, as this cytotoxic agent can harm the fetus or newborn.
Generic Gleevec can adversely affect the normal growth and development of a child. So talk with the doctor in such case.
The duration of treatment of Generic Gleevec is not specific. It may be continued until and unless there is a significant improvement in the overall health. Hence, it is recommended to use this antineoplastic drug under the supervision of the physician.
Probable Side Effects
During treatment with Generic Gleevec, one may experience following side effects –
Muscle or joint pain
If these symptoms persist, immediately consult the health professional for timely medical attention.
Like every synthetic medication, Generic Gleevec too interacts with other therapeutic drugs and produces unwanted symptoms. Antibiotics, antivirals, anticoagulants, cardiac medications, seizure drugs, sedatives and antidepressants are likely to interact with Imatinib.
High blood pressure
Severe liver/lungs/kidney diseases
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Allergic to Imatinib
This antineoplastic medicine Generic Gleevec is contraindicated in people having above-mentioned health issues.