What is Imatinib (gleevec) used for?
Imatinib is a cancer drug used to treat some types of cancer including gastrointestinal stromal tumors, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia. It may be used to treat other conditions such as myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases, hypereosinophilic syndrome and aggressive systemic mastocytosis and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).
It works to slow or even stop the growth of cancer cells in the body. If you are unsure why you are taking Imatinib, call your doctor to learn why you are taking it and how it is meant to benefit you. Do not share this with others as this may not be an effective treatment and can lead to adverse reactions.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or plan to become pregnant as Imatinib can harm an unborn child. Eating grapefruit juice or grapefruit adjacent products can lead to adverse reactions.
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