Signs of Side Effects with GLEEVEC
Side Effects Associated With GLEEVEC
GLEEVEC® therapy comes with the risk of some side effects, also known as adverse events. Some of these side effects may be minor, while others could be very serious. You should have regular discussions with your doctors about how you are feeling physically so any signs of side effects can be evaluated as soon as possible.
The severity of some side effects may be reduced with the help of other medicines and advice from your doctor, while others may require stopping GLEEVEC therapy for a while or changing the dose. In some cases, GLEEVEC therapy may need to be discontinued.
Serious side effects
After the approval of GLEEVEC, the following serious side effects have been reported in patients:
Some common side effects
Almost all patients treated with GLEEVEC experience side effects at some time. Most side effects are mild to moderate in severity. Some common side effects that you may experience include:
- Fluid retention (holding water)
- Muscle cramps , pain, or bone pain
- Abdominal pain
- Anorexia (loss of appetite)
- Decreased hemoglobin (decrease in blood cells which carry oxygen)
- Hemorrhage (abnormal bleeding)
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned side effects, please be sure to speak with your doctor immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned side effects, please be sure to speak with your doctor immediately. It is especially important to tell your doctor about any fever, shortness of breath, blood in your stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes), sudden weight gain, symptoms of heart failure, or if you have a history of heart disease or risk factors for heart disease.