What is Imatib 400mg ?
Imatib containing the active ingredient imatinib mesylate is an anticancer type of medication called a kinase inhibitor. It works by interfering with the action of certain proteins to help prevent cancer cells from multiplying and stop the spread of cancer cells. It can be used to treat certain types of cancer such as leukemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and dermamtofibrosarcoma protuberans when the tumor cannot be removed surgically, has spread to other parts of the body or has come back after surgery.
How is Imatib 400mg used?
Imatib is usually taken once or twice per day or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken with a meal along with a full glass of water. For patients who cannot swallow the tablet whole, it may be dissolved in a glass of water or apple juice to be taken as a liquid. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patients condition, weight and response to the medication.
Patients using Imatib may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Joint pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Unexplained weight gain
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of infection
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Imatib is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.
Frequently Asked Questions of Imatinib 400mg (Mesylate)
Q.Is imatinib Mesylate safe during pregnancy?
Studies have shown that the fetus may be harmed with the use of imatinib during pregnancy. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q.Is imatinib/imatinib mesylate curative?
Imatinib can be effective for treating blood cancers like chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ph-positive ALL), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). It can also treat some diseases where certain blood cells grow in an uncontrolled fashion, like myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases (MDS/MPD) and hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) and/or chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL). However, most of these diseases can recur. The response to treatment and the chances of recurrence depend upon individual patient and his/her response to the drug.
Q.Is imatinib Mesylate available in India?
Yes, it is available in India as a prescription drug.
Q.Is imatinib Mesylate a chemotherapy drug/cytotoxic drug/monoclonal antibody?
Imatinib belongs to a class of medications called protein kinase inhibitors. It is called as a chemotherapeutic or cytotoxic drug as it kills the cancer cells. It is not a monoclonal antibody.
Q.Is imatinib Mesylate effective? How does it work?
Imatinib is used in the treatment of blood cancers like chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ph-positive ALL), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). It is also used to treat some diseases where certain blood cells grow in an uncontrolled fashion, like myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases (MDS/MPD) and hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) and/or chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL).
Q.Does imatinib Mesylate cause hair loss?
Yes, hair loss is the common side effect associated with the use of imatinib.