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Gleevac 100mg Tablet

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Product introduction

Gleevac 100mg Tablet belongs to the class of medicines known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is used in the treatment of blood cancer (chronic myeloid leukaemia and Acute lymphocytic leukemia) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor.

Gleevac 100mg Tablet should be taken with food, but better to have it same time every day to get the most benefit. You should continue to take it as long as your doctor advises for it. The duration of treatment varies according to your need and response to treatment. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

The most common side effects of this medicine include edema, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, diarrhea, rash, fatigue, and abdominal pain. Let your doctor know if you experience unexpected rapid weight gain. Your doctor may advise for regular monitoring of blood cells and liver function while you are taking this medicine. Do not drive or do anything requiring mental focus if you experience dizziness and blurry vision.

Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your healthcare team know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Uses of Gleevac Tablet

Benefits of Gleevac Tablet

In Blood cancer (Chronic myeloid leukaemia)

Blood cancer, also called leukemia, is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues, that decreases the body's ability to fight infection. Gleevac 100mg Tablet kills or stops the growth of cancer cells and also prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. It is a potent and very toxic medicine and you should discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. You should avoid drinking alcohol while having this treatment and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

In Blood cancer (Acute lymphocytic leukemia)

Blood cancer, also called leukemia, is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues, that decreases the body's ability to fight infection. Gleevac 100mg Tablet kills or stops the growth of cancer cells and also prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. It is a potent and very toxic medicine and you should discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. You should avoid drinking alcohol while having this treatment and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

In Gastrointestinal stromal tumour

A gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of tumor that occurs most commonly in the stomach or small intestine. The tumors develop into the specialized cells called interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). Gleevac 100mg Tablet helps to kill the cancer cells and also stops their further growth and spread. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the most benefit.

Side effects of Gleevac Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Gleevac

  • Edema (swelling)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramp
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain

How to use Gleevac Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Gleevac 100mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Gleevac Tablet works

Gleevac 100mg Tablet is an anti-cancer medication. A protein enzyme, bcr-abl tyrosine kinase, responsible for the growth of abnormal proliferation of cancer cells. This medicine inhibits the proliferation and induces apoptosis (planned cell death) in bcr-abl positive cells (cancer cells). This is how it works to stop or slow the spread of cancer.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Gleevac 100mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Gleevac 100mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Lactating women should not breastfeed while using this drug and one month after stopping it.
Driving
UNSAFE
Gleevac 100mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Gleevac 100mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Gleevac 100mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Gleevac 100mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Gleevac 100mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Gleevac Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Gleevac 100mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

  • Always take it with food and a full glass of water to prevent nausea.
  • It may cause dizziness or blurred vision. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Water retention and swelling are very common side effects of Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Notify your doctor if you have unexpected rapid weight gain.
  • Do not change the dose or discontinue use without consulting your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over the counter medicines and dietary supplements.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor your liver function and the number of blood cells in your blood.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Benzanilides Derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI NEOPLASTICS
Action Class
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors

Interaction with drugs

Taking Gleevac with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Etovas, Alvastatin, Atalo
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Brand(s): Carz, Antep, C Lep
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Brand(s): Fluvalip, Lescol
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Brand(s): Elstin
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Patient concerns

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She is suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia
Dr. Deepak Kumar Soni
Ayurveda
Hi Kindly consult to Ayurvedic doctor at your local city area , face to face consult is needed.
Can blood cancer patients 1st stage do sex with normal girl Sir a blood cancer patients do sex with normal girl can any problem or cause doing with girl or side effect give suggestions Thanks
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Wait till blood cancer gets cured.
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FAQs

Q. Can Gleevac 100mg Tablet be taken with food?

Yes, the best way to take it is with a glass of water and food. This prevents irritation in the food pipe and stomach. If you cannot swallow it, put the tablets in a glass of water or apple juice (approximately 50 ml for a 100 mg tablet and 200 ml for a 400 mg tablet). Stir it with a spoon to make it uniform and drink it immediately.

Q. Is it safe to drive while taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet?

Gleevac 100mg Tablet may cause dizziness, lightheadedness or drowsiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to it before you drive a car or operate machinery.

Q. What precautions need to be followed while taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet?

While taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet, make sure you follow all the instructions given by your doctor, carefully and keep all appointments. You will need regular follow-up to ensure that the treatment is working. Regular blood tests, weight checks, and urine tests may be required to find out any side effects before it becomes serious. Make sure you use a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy during treatment with Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine. If you are about to start taking any new medicine, remind your doctor that you are taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet.

Q. Ever since I started using Gleevac 100mg Tablet, I have noticed that I develop rashes and severe itching when I have sun exposure. Is it because of the medicine or the disease?

This medicine may make your skin much more sensitive to sunlight than it normally is. Exposure to sunlight may cause skin rash, itching, redness or severe sunburn. When you are outdoors, wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If you feel a burning sensation on your skin, tell your doctor.

Q. The doctor has advised me not to take any medicine on my own while taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Should I consult my doctor even if I need to take paracetamol for my fever?

Yes, there are a number of medicines which interfere with Gleevac 100mg Tablet, including paracetamol. Therefore you should not self medicate while taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Other medicines which interfere with Gleevac 100mg Tablet include cyclosporin, dexamethasone (a steroid), warfarin, antiviral medicines which treat AIDS and some medicines which treat bacterial infections, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart problems, and mental disorders and depression. Consult your doctor before taking any medicine, and inform him that you are on Gleevac 100mg Tablet therapy.

Q. What precautions need to be followed while taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet?

While taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet, make sure you follow all the instructions given by your doctor, carefully and keep all appointments. You will need regular follow-up to ensure that the treatment is working. Regular blood tests, weight checks, and urine tests may be required to find out any side effects before it becomes serious. Make sure you use a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy during treatment with Gleevac 100mg Tablet. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine. If you are about to start taking any new medicine, remind your doctor that you are taking Gleevac 100mg Tablet.

Q. Can I expect that if I take Gleevac 100mg Tablet regularly and as advised by the doctor for CML, I will be cured?

Gleevac 100mg Tablet has proved effective in many cases of CML. It is also noticed that the chances of survival increase after taking this medicine. The doctor who is treating CML can tell you better. The doctor will analyze your current state, blood test results, response to treatment, any other medical illness which you may be having, etc. and tell you.

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References

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