|Pronunciation:||im MA ta nib|
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|Do not use imatinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.|
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, underactive thyroid, congestive heart failure, a history of stomach ulcer or bleeding, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.
|Take this medicine with a large glass of water.|
|Imatinib should be taken with a meal. Do not take the medicine on an empty stomach.|
If you miss a dose, take the medicine as soon as you remember, making sure you also eat a meal and drink a large glass of water. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next meal. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Imatinib interferes with the growth of some cancer cells.
Imatinib is used to treat a certain types of leukemia (blood cancer) such as Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is also used to treat 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 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:
|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.|
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.|
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, making sure you also eat a meal and drink a large glass of water. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next meal. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
|Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.|
Overdose can cause severe muscle cramps.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
|Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.|
|Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:|
Less serious side effects may include:
Many drugs can interact with or be affected by imatinib. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with imatinib. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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