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Gleevec is a drug that belongs to a class of drugs called protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is used in the treatment of certain types of leukemia (cancer beginning in the white cells) and cancers of other blood cells. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor, a tumor in the walls of the digestive passages that may spread to other parts of the body and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (tumor under the upper layer of skin) are also treated with Gleevec. This generic drug helps stop the spread of cancer cells by blocking the protein that signals the cancer cells to multiply. Many contracted pharmacies offer cheap Gleevec.
Gleevec Side effects and Precautions
Imatinib may cause side effects like swelling of the hands or lower legs, puffiness under the eyes, weight gain, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, insomnia, fainting, cough with bloody mucous, increased urination at night, rashes, fever etc. There may also be chest pain, yellowness of eyes/skin, bloody stools, unusual bruising, excessive tiredness, headache and dizziness.
Before taking Imatinib inform your doctor if you are allergic to it, your ailments in the past and the treatment you have received for the same. Patients with impaired kidney or liver functions should not use Gleevec. Do not buy Gleevec if you are allergic to it.
Dosage Information For Gleevec
In adult patients, Gleevec is used in chronic phase of CML in doses of 400 mg/day and 600 mg/day in accelerated phase (blast crisis). The dosage may be stepped up in case of chronic phase of disease from 400 mg to 600 mg and from 600 mg to 800 mg (400 mg twice/day). In children with newly diagnosed Ph+CML 340 mg/m2/day is recommended and for those who are resistant to another type of therapy called interferon-alpha therapy or with recurrence of Ph+CML after stem cell transplant, 260mg/m2/day may be used. Gleevec 600 mg may be used per day in adult patients with relapsed or unresponsive Ph+ ALL. North Drug Mart avails discount Gleevec in strengths of 100 mg and 400 mg.
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