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    Gleevec (Imatinib)

    TypeDrug NameDosage 
    Gleevec100 mg
    Gleevec400 mg

    Generic Equivalent of Gleevec

    TypeDrug NameDosage 
    Imatinib100 mg
    Imatinib400 mg

    Buy generic Gleevec 100mg from Apotex
    * The product images are for reference only. Generic equivalents may also be supplied by alternate manufacturers.

    How and Where to Buy Gleevec Online?

    You can buy Gleevec online through our Canadian International Pharmacy at huge savings. We offer RX and OTC medications online with a valid prescription from your doctor. At Canadian Pharmacy World, your health is our priority. You can place the order online, by mail, by fax or toll free over the telephone at 1866-485-7979.

    Are There Alternative Names for the Brand and Generic Gleevec?

    Branded Gleevec comes from Turkey also called Glivec manufactured by Novartis. Generic Gleevec is sold as Apo-Imatinib from Canada by Apotex. We also carry the generic from India also called Veenat manufactured by Natco Pharma and Imatib by Cipla.

    What Dosages and Forms is Gleevec available in?

    The brand Gleevec is manufactured by Novartis. It is available as 100 mg/120 tablets and 400 mg/30 tablets The generic Imatinib 100 mg is available in the quantity of 30 and 120 tablets and the 400 mg is available in the quantity of 30 and 90 tablets.

    What is Gleevec used for?

    Gleevec is used for the treatment of several kinds of solid tumors or blood cancers, such as cancer of white blood cells, cancer of tissues beneath the skin, cancer of stomach and bowel. Gleevec is used in conditions where the tumor cannot be removed with surgery; cancer has spread to other parts of the body, where treatment after surgery is needed and when the risk of tumors coming back is increased. Gleevec is a protein kinase inhibitor and contains imatinib mesylate as the active ingredient. It helps to treat cancer by slowing down or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body.

    What Are The Possible Side Effects of Gleevec?

    Most common side effects include loss of weight, no appetite, change in taste, dry mouth, sores in mouth, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas, headache, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, weakness, tiredness, nosebleeds, dryness of skin, itching and less sensitive to touch, skin more sensitive to sun, night sweats, redness in face or other areas of the skin, unusual hair loss or thinning, muscle tension, muscle cramps and pain, bone pain, joint pain and swelling, tingling, pain, numbness in hands, feet or legs, cough. Gleevec can also lead to abnormal test results such as thyroid hormone levels. Children taking Gleevec my experience some side effects more often than adults such as low blood levels of calcium, phosphates, albumin protein and sodium, high blood levels of sugar. In case of any unexpected effect, contact your healthcare professional immediately. Like all other medications, Gleevec can also cause some serious side effects. Please contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects.

    Are there any Precautions and Drug interactions for Gleevec?

    Gleevec can lead to dizziness, blurred vision or somnolence. Be careful while doing anything that requires your alertness (such as driving) while you are taking Gleevec.

    Do not take Gleevec if you:

    • Are allergic o imatinib or any of the other ingredients in Gleevec

    • Are breastfeeding. You must stop breastfeeding before taking Gleevec as this medication passes into the breast milk and can harm the baby

    Before you start taking Gleevec, be sure to tell your doctor if you:

    • Have or had heart problems

    • Have or had liver or kidney problems

    • Have or had stomach or bowel problems

    • Have bleeding problems

    • Suffer bleeding from your stomach, small bowel or large bowel

    • Had your thyroid removed and take a thyroid hormone such as levothyroxine

    • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Gleevec can cause harm to your baby. Your healthcare professional might want you to take a pregnancy test before you start taking Gleevec. You should use effective methods of birth control if you might get pregnant while taking Gleevec. If you become pregnant while taking GLEEVEC, or think you might be, tell your healthcare professional right away.

    • Have tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). This is a serious side effect and occurs usually after treatment of a large or fast-growing cancer. When tumor cells die, certain chemicals are released into the blood which may damage the organs. Before starting Gleevec, some people are at increased risk of TLS. If this is true in your case, your doctor might give you treatments that decrease the TLS risk.

    • Are a man and are trying to have a child. Your healthcare professional may advise you not to start treatment with Gleevec while you are trying to have a child. Your healthcare professional may advise you to stop taking Gleevec before you try to have a child.

    • Ever had or might now have hepatitis B virus infection (a viral infection of the liver). This is because, during treatment with Gleevec, the hepatitis B virus may become active again which can be fatal in some cases. Your doctor will check for signs of this infection before and during treatment with Gleevec.

    It is important to tell your healthcare professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs.
    Medicines which interact with Gleevec include:

    • Antifungal medications such as ketoconazole, fluconazole

    • Antibiotics like erythromycin, or clarithromycin

    • Medicines used to treat seizures such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone

    • Medicines used to treat high cholesterol levels like simvastatin

    • Medicines used to treat mental health problems such as pimozide

    • Medications used for the treatment of high blood pressure or other heart disorders such as metoprolol, calcium channel blockers like diltiazem

    • Rifampicin (a medication used for the treatment of tuberculosis)

    • St. John’s Wort, a herbal product used to treat depression and other conditions

    • Dexamethasone (a corticosteroid used for the treatment of inflammation)

    • Cyclosporine (medication used to prevent the immune system from rejecting newly transplanted organs)

    • Acetaminophen (a medication used to reduce pain or fever, cold or flu)

    • Warfarin (an anticoagulant that prevents blood clots)

    • Levothyroxine, if you had your thyroid removed

    • Grapefruit juice

    Gleevec Storage and Safety Information

    Gleevec should be stored at a temperature between 15°C and 30°C, in the original package, protected from moisture. It should be kept out of sight and reach of children.

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