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- What is imatinib-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for imatinib-oral?
- Is imatinib-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for imatinib-oral?
- What are the side effects of imatinib-oral?
- What is the dosage for imatinib-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with imatinib-oral?
- Is imatinib-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about imatinib-oral?
What is imatinib-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Imatinib is an oral medication used for treating chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It is classified as a kinase inhibitor. Kinase inhibitors include dasatinib (Sprycel), erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitinib (Iressa), nilotinib (Tasigna), pazopanib (Votrient), sunitinib (Sutent), and vandetanib (Caprelsa). Kinase inhibitors prevent tumors from growing by reducing the action of proteins that control cell division, growth and survival. These proteins are usually present in larger quantities or are more active in cancer cells. By reducing the activity of these proteins, growth and survival of cancer cells are reduced. The FDA approved imatinib in April 2003.
What brand names are available for imatinib-oral?
Is imatinib-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for imatinib-oral?
What are the side effects of imatinib-oral?
Common side effects include:
- fluid retention,
- loss of appetite,
- nausea and vomiting,
- abdominal distention,
- swelling of arms and legs,
- dizziness, and
- muscle pain.
Serious side effects include:
- fever associated with reduced white blood cells,
- reduced platelets
- reduced red blood cell counts,
- stomach or intestinal bleeding,
- bleeding in the brain,
- heart failure,
- reduced liver function, and
- fluid in the lungs.
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