Imatib 400 MG TABLET belongs to a class of medications called tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is used to treat cancer of the blood (chronic myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia) and gastrointestinal stromal tumors.
Imatib 400 mg tablets should be taken with food, but it is best to take it at the same time each day for best benefit. You should continue to take it for as long as your doctor tells you to. The duration of treatment will vary depending on your needs and response to treatment. Taking it incorrectly or in excess can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months before you see or feel the benefits, but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.
The most common side effects of this medication are rash, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Apart from that, water retention and bloating are common side effects seen. Tell your doctor if you experience sudden and unexpected weight gain. Your doctor may recommend regular monitoring of your blood cells and liver function while you are taking this medicine. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental concentration if you experience dizziness and blurred vision.
Many other medicines can affect or be affected by this medicine, so you should tell your healthcare team about all medicines you use. This medication is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The use of effective contraceptive methods by both men and women during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.