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Gleevec (imatinib) is a chemotherapy cancer medication that is used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases.

What is Gleevec?

Generic Name: imatinib (im MA ta nib)
Brand Names: Gleevec

Classes: Antineoplastics, Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, PDGFR-alpha Inhibitors

Gleevec (imatinib) is used in the treatment of certain types of leukemia (blood cancer), bone marrow disorders, tumors of the stomach and digestive system, and skin cancer.

Uses of Gleevec

Imatinib  is used in the treatment of:

  • Leukemia (blood cancer).
  • Bone marrow disorders.
  • Skin Cancer.
  • Tumors of the stomach and digestive system.

Side effects of  Gleevec

Possible side effects of imatinib

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle/joint pain.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Dizziness.
  • Blurred vision or drowsiness.

If any side effects occur persist, worsen or persist or any serious side effects consult your doctor immediately.


  • Make sure you are not allergic to Gleevec.
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history.
  • Before going under surgery tell your doctor about the medication.
  • Before any vaccination, discuss with your doctor about your medication.
  • In pregnancy, Gleevec is not allowed.
  • Breastfeeding not allowed.


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