imatinib (generic name)

It targets a specific protein within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing
(i MAT in ib)
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, nosebleeds
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • mouth sores
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • right upper belly pain
  • swelling of the legs or ankles
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • vomiting
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty sleeping
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • joint pain
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • nausea
  • upset stomach

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Store tablets at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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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