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What is Generic for Imatinib Mesylate used for?

Imatinib Mesylate is used to treat a type of leukemia called chronic myeloid leukemia or CML. It is also used to treat certain intestinal tumors such as gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). This medication works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells (tumors). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

The dosage of Imatinib Mesylate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Imatinib Mesylate should be taken with a meal.

What if you miss a dose of Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Imatinib Mesylate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Imatinib Mesylate, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Imatinib Mesylate.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Imatinib Mesylate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Imatinib Mesylate can interact with antifungal medications, antidepressants, and calcium channel blockers.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

Like other medicines, Imatinib Mesylate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Imatinib Mesylate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Imatinib Mesylate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Imatinib Mesylate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Imatinib Mesylate can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of appetite, dry skin, hair loss, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Imatinib Mesylate.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Imatinib Mesylate?

Is it possible for me to take Imatinib Mesylate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Imatinib Mesylate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Imatinib Mesylate?
How will Imatinib Mesylate work in my body?
How should Imatinib Mesylate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Imatinib Mesylate drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Imatinib Mesylate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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