Gleevec is a prescription medication that is used to treat certain types of bone marrow disorders, leukemia, skin cancer, and stomach and digestive system tumors. Gleevec contains imatinib mesylate and works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You should also know:
Common side effects of Gleevec include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of imatinib mesylate:
What should I do if I miss a dose of Gleevec?
If you miss a dose of Gleevec, you should take it as soon as you remember with a meal and a glass of water. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip your missed dose.
What is the strength of Gleevec?
Gleevec and the generic alternative imatinib mesylate are both available in strengths of 100mg and 400mg.