Generic equivalents for Gleevec...What are generics?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, how it is taken, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name and works the same way in the body in the same amount of time.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is the generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (e.g. different shape or color), as trademark laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to invent a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name drug and sell it at substantial discounts.
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This medicine is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat a number of medical conditions, including certain types of leukemia (e.g. chronic myeloid leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia), certain types of skin cancer, certain intestinal tumours (such as gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), and mastocytosis. This medicine may also be prescribed following surgical removal of GIST to prevent new cancers from growing.
Gleevec may be prescribed for other medical conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken during meals with a full glass of water.
If you experience difficulty swallowing the tablets, you may dissolve your dose in a glass of water or apple juice. Stir the mixture well and drink immediately. The quantity of liquid required to dissolve your tablet/s will depend on your dose; please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for specific instructions regarding this.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next scheduled dose. Do not take two tablets at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.
Before taking Gleevec, advise your doctor of any other medical conditions or allergies you have. Advise your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking this medicine.
Do not alter your dose or use this medicine for longer than prescribed.
Before having any dental or medical procedure, advise staff of your medical condition and that you are taking this medicine.
Before taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medications, speak to your pharmacist first. Some medicines may interact with this medicine and alter its effects. Additional monitoring of your Gleevec dose may be required if you are taking any of the following medications: rifampin, St. John's wort, tacrolimus, tamoxifen, cimetidine, cisapride, cyclosporine, itraconazole, ketoconazole warfarin, HIV treatment (e.g., efavirenz, indinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir), macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin), calcium channel blockers (e.g., diltiazem, verapamil), beta-blockers (e.g., carvedilol, propranolol), heart rhythm medicines (e.g., amiodarone, quinidine), medicines for high cholesterol (statins), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), or medicines for seizures, diabetes, depression. If you are taking any of these medicines, speak to your doctor.
In addition, additional monitoring of your Gleevec dose may be required if you have lung disease, liver conditions, heart disease, blood disorders or cancer.
This medicine may lower your natural resistance to infection. It is important to reduce your risk of acquiring infection by avoiding people who are sick with colds of other infections. Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes or mouth, unless you have cleaned your hands previously.
Before having any vaccinations, consult with your doctor first.
For women who plan on becoming pregnant while using this medicine, it is highly advised that you first consult with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine during pregnancy. Do not breast feed while using this medicine. It is not known whether the active ingredients are passed into breast milk.
Gleevec Side Effects
Side effects that you may experience while using this medicine include anxiety; bone pain; constipation; cough; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; hair loss; headache; increased tear production; loss of appetite; muscle cramps; muscle or joint pain; nausea; night sweats; nose and throat irritation; stomach pain or upset; taste changes; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; or weakness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience black or bloody stools; bone pain; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; chills, fever, or sore throat; confusion; dark urine; depression; fast or irregular heartbeat; mouth pain, sores, or swelling; pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent headache; severe stomach pain; severe tiredness or weakness; shortness of breath; slurred speech; sudden unusual weight gain; swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or around the eyes; trouble swallowing or talking; unusual bruising or bleeding; vision problems; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Although an allergic reaction to Gleevec is unlikely, you must seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or concerns about side effects, contact your healthcare provider.
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