Imatinib – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Imatinib is used to treat chronic myelogenous leukaemia or CML (a type of cancer where the bone marrow produces too many of the white blood cells called granulocytes).

This medicine is also used to treat cancer of the skin, stomach, and intestines.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Imatinib exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken together with a meal and a large glass of water.This will minimise the risk of irritation to the stomach. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you have difficulty swallowing the tablet, you may either dissolve it in a glass of water or apple juice. Stir and drink it immediately. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

Imatinib must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.


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