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Imatinib (Systemic)

Brand Names : Gleevec

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Antineoplastic

Imatinib (i-MAT-in-ib)is a new type of medication that prevents and stops the growth of cancer cells. It helps your body fight against a type of cancer called chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). CML is a disease in which your body makes too many abnormal white blood cells which can cause you to become sick more often and also to feel weak or tired. Imatinib helps your body to stop making these abnormal white blood cells. GIST is a group of cancer cells that started growing in the wall of the stomach, intestines, or rectum. Imatinib helps your body to stop making these abnormal cells.

Before you begin treatment with imatinib, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:

  • Capsules (U.S. and Canada)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Gleevec

In Canada -

  • Gleevec


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Imatinib: Before Using

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