Also Known as Glivec
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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medicine is a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat a certain type of leukemia (chronic myeloid leukemia or CML) as well as certain intestinal tumors (GISTs).
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling (especially in the legs or around the eyes), or muscle cramps. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience joint or muscle pain, stomach pain, rash, or severe weakness. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience trouble breathing, unusual weight gain, easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat, fever, yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, coffee-ground vomit, black stools, one-sided weakness, vision problems, slurred speech, or confusion. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Most people do not experience any side effects. However, some of the side effects of Gleevec Imatinib generic are: