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Imatinib Price

imatinib price

Generic imatinib is available in Canada for $8,800/year and Gleevec is available for $38,000/year. In the United States, Gleevec is priced today at about $146,000/year. Thus, the “generic price” in the United States was in fact not much lower than the branded drug price.

How does Imatinib Mesylate work

It prevents the growth of cancer cells.

How should Imatinib Mesylate be used

Available in the form tablets, to take by mouth (orally) with a meal and glass of water (8 oz240 ml). PO- Dose varies from 400mgday to 800mgday depending on condition. 400 to 600mgday should be administered once daily, 800mgday, should be administered twice daily.

Uses of Imatinib

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Acute lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Myeloproliferative disorder
  • Myelodysplastic disease
  • Systemic mastocytosis
  • Hypereosinophillic syndrome

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Imatinib 400 mg Tablet

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Mouth sores
  • Loss of appetite
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Burning or tingling sensation of skin
  • Difficulty in falling or staying asleep
  • Skin rash, hives, or itching
  • Hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • Swelling around the eyes


Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped. Contact your doctor for further instructions if you miss more than one scheduled dose of this medicine.


Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose with this medicine is suspected. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin allergies, tiredness, fever, etc.


Take Imatinib 400 mg Tablet exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not take this medicine on an empty stomach. You may require frequent blood tests and liver function tests while taking this medicine. You may also require frequent followups with your doctor to check the progress of treatment. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.


Gastrointestinal disorders - This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a pre-existing disorder of the stomach or the intestine due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Hypothyroidism - This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a low level of thyroid hormone due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of thyroid hormones is recommended for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

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