Gleevec (Imatinib) is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is also used to treat other types of cancer. Imatinib belongs to a family of medications called protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It works by turning off an enzyme that causes cells to become cancerous and multiply.
We currently have the brand Glivec from Turkey manufactured by Novartis and the brand from India. The generic Imatib comes from India. It may come from other countries around the world.
"Imatinib is a generic drug used to treat certain cancers. It is manufactured by licensed generic manufacturers. This product DOES NOT originate from Novartis and IS NOT authorized by Novartis, the owner and maker of the branded Gleevec prescription pharmaceutical product."
Gleevec Side Effects
Common side effects include:
• Changes in vision;
• Low blood pressure;
• Pain in the muscles, tenderness;
• Red, itchy eye
Serious side effects include:
• Bleeding or bruising without suffering from any injury;
• Chest pain;
• Coughing up blood;
• Severe skin reactions;
• Signs of heart failure
Zelboraf (Vemurafenib) is used for the treatment of metastatic melanoma (skin cancer). Vemurafenib is a cancer medication that prevents the cancer cells from growing and spreading in the body.
The brand Zelboraf comes from Canada and is manufactured by Hoffman – La Roche. It is available in the strength of 240mg tablets.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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