Imatinib mesylate

    Information about Imatinib mesylate

    Imatinib mesylate uses

    Imatinib mesylate is used in the treatment of blood cancer (Chronic myeloid leukaemia) and gastrointestinal stromal tumour.

    How imatinib mesylate works

    Imatinib mesylate is an anti-cancer medication. It works by blocking the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps to stop or slow the spread of cancer cells.

    Common side effects of imatinib mesylate

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

    Available Medicine for Imatinib mesylate

    • ₹855 to ₹2027
      Natco Pharma Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹455 to ₹1571
      Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹937 to ₹2240
      Cipla Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹904 to ₹3262
      Zuventus Healthcare Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹850 to ₹2500
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹470 to ₹2004
      Lupin Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹875 to ₹1813
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹900 to ₹1797
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹3110
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹900
      Celon Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Imatinib mesylate

    Imatinib should always be taken at the advice of a doctor who is experienced in treating cancers.

    Do not start or continue imatinib and consult your doctor;
    • If you are allergic to imatinib or any other ingredients in the medicine
    • if you have or had a liver, kidney or heart problem
    • if your thyroid gland has been removed and you have been prescribed levothyroxine
    • if there is weight gain following treatment with imatinib
    • if your develop swelling in part or whole of the body as your body may retain water due to imatinib
    Do not start imatinib in children without the advice of the doctor, since it may affect the normal growth in children

    Effective contraceptives should be used by women during therapy 

    Your doctor may ask you to undergo certain blood tests before and during treatment with imatinib, to check your response to the drug and the drug’s side-effects.

    Imatinib can cause dizziness or drowsiness and blurred vision, therefore, caution should be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)