GLEEVEC Side Effects: Signs to Watch for
GLEEVEC may have side effects
It's important to know the side effects of any medication you take. It's also important to discuss any side effects you may experience with your healthcare team as soon as possible.
The majority of patients in clinical trials experienced side effects at some time.
What side effects should I be looking for?
If you experience side effects, please remember to tell your doctor.
Serious side effects include:
Some common side effects are:
- Fluid retention (holding water)
- Muscle cramps or pain and bone pain
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased hemoglobin (decrease in blood cells which carry oxygen)
- Skin reactions, some severe
- Anorexia (loss of appetite)
For a complete description of warnings and safety information for GLEEVEC, see Important Safety Information below.
What should I do if I experience side effects?
If you are having side effects from your treatment, talk to your doctor as soon as possible or let your healthcare team know. Do not adjust your medication on your own.
Don't get discouraged
Your doctor can talk with you about whether it is possible to handle your side effects without adjusting your dose. However, in some cases, your doctor might need to lower or stop your dose of GLEEVEC for a short time. In rare cases, your doctor may permanently discontinue treatment.
Facts About Pregnancy
Can I take GLEEVEC if I am pregnant?
Women taking GLEEVEC should avoid becoming pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Women who can get pregnant should use highly effective birth control during treatment with GLEEVEC. Be sure to talk to your doctor and/or healthcare professional about these issues before taking GLEEVEC.
GLEEVEC can be harmful during pregnancy
When administered to a pregnant woman, GLEEVEC can cause harm to the unborn child. Make sure your doctor knows you're pregnant if GLEEVEC is prescribed.
What if I become pregnant while taking GLEEVEC?
If you become pregnant while taking GLEEVEC, consult your doctor so that you can discuss the potential hazard to the unborn child.
Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking GLEEVEC
Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, women should not breast-feed while taking GLEEVEC. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You and your doctor can discuss whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to you.