Brand Names

GleevacĀ® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is Imatinib Administered?

Your medication is a tablet that you take by mouth, usually once or twice a day. Take it after a meal, with a large glass of water to reduce the risk of upset stomach. Take it about the same time(s) each day.

Why am I Taking Imatinib?

This medication treats CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) and some gastrointestinal tumors.

How Does it Work?

Cancers are diseases in which abnormal cells reproduce uncontrollably.

Imatinib is not a traditional chemotherapy agent; it is a type of targeted therapy. Traditional chemotherapy drugs identify cancer cells by their rapid rate of reproduction, and then attack those cells. Unfortunately, it also attacks some normal cells in your body, cells that naturally reproduce rapidly.

Imatinib, a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor, works differently. It blocks the action of an abnormal protein in the cancer cells, a protein that signals the cancer cells to reproduce. By blocking this protein, the cancer cells stops or slows down its reproduction.

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