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Gleevec is prescribed to treat cancers like acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, gastrointestingal stromal tumors, and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases. This medication is a chemotherapy drug that slows and stops cancerous cells.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Gleevec orally once a day with a full glass of water and a meal.
Make sure you take Gleevec at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Gleevec. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to heart problems, kidney disease, and liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Gleevec.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with how this medication is absorbed in your body. Avoid drinking or having grapefruit to ensure an effective treatment with Gleevec.
While taking Gleevec you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exacerbate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Gleevec.
While taking Gleevec your body may be more prone to infections. Washing your hands and practising good hygiene can help prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Avoid coming into contact with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox. You should also avoid scheduling any immunization/vaccinations while taking Gleevec. Avoid people who have been recently had a vaccination if possible
Side effects for Gleevec are: nausea, stomach pain or upset, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, headache, muscle or joint pain, muscle cramps, feeling tired, dizziness, blurred vision, drowsiness, skin rash, flu-like symptoms, stuffy nose, or sinus pain
More serious side effects for Gleevec can be: severe blistering skin rashes, yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice), gastrointestinal bleeding, weakness with shortness of breath, severe headaches, swelling, severe flu-like symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding, fast or pounding heartbeat, extreme tiredness, sudden or unexplained weight gain, swelling (especially of lower legs/the area around eyes), black or bloody stools, dark urine, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Gleevec?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage based on the severity of your medical condition and how you respond to the treatment. Other medications you are taking may take into account the dosage you will be given.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Woman who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid taking the medication due to the harm that can be caused to the child. Avoid physical contact with the medication as it can be absorbed by the skin. Speak to your doctor your regarding the risk of coming into contact with this medication while pregnant or breastfeeding.
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