Gleevec Drug

Important Information about Gleevec


  • Gleevec generic name is imatinib
  • Gleevec is used in the treatment of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • It must be stored at room temperature and keep away from moisture and heat
  • Do not use this drug if you are Pregnant
  • Inform your doctor in advance if you have any history of stomach ulcer, congestive heart failure, kidney or liver disease

Side Effects of Gleevec are:

  • Fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
  • Nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
  • Black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
  • Feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion
  • Swelling, rapid weight gain
  • Urinating more or less than usual, or not at all
  • Sudden, severe headache or pain behind the eyes

Less serious Gleevec side effects may include:

  • Mild nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, gas
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Skin rash
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Stuffy nose, cough, sore throat
  • Depression, sleep problems
  • Tired feeling