What is Imatib (Imatinib) used for?
Imatib (Imatinib) is an oral cancer medication used to treat patients who are suffering from certain types of leukaemia such as Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) or Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). It operates by slowing the growth of cancer cells allowing other procedures to be performed to eliminate any remaining cancer cells. Your doctor may also prescribe it for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Imatib (Imatinib)?
Imatib (Imatinib) should be used according to your doctor`s instructions to ensure the most effective results. The normal dosage is one tablet taken once each day, but your instructions will depend on your age, weight, health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. The medicine may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never chew, split, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Imatib (Imatinib)?
Imatib (Imatinib) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, numbness, tingling, unusual swelling, unusual bleeding, severe muscle pain, lower back pain, irregular heartbeats, severe skin rashes, darkened urine, discoloured stools, or jaundice. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Imatib (Imatinib) should not be used by patients who are breastfeeding. Also inform your doctor if you are taking levothyroxine following the removal of the thyroid gland, if you have a history of heart disease, reduced kidney function, or reduced liver function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Imatib (Imatinib) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Imatib (Imatinib) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.