Imatinib 400 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 rash, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Other than this, water retention and swelling are commonly observed side effects. Let your doctor know if you experience unexpected rapid weight gain. Your doctor may advice 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 Imatinib Tablet
- Blood cancer (Chronic myeloid leukaemia)
- Blood cancer (Acute lymphocytic leukemia)
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumour
Side effects of Imatinib Tablet
Common side effects of Imatinib
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle cramp
- Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
How to use Imatinib Tablet
How Imatinib Tablet works
Lactating women should not breastfeed while using this drug and one month after stopping it.