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User Reviews for Imatinib

Also known as: Gleevec

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 10.0
1 reviews 22 medications
Myeloproliferative Disorders 10.0
1 reviews 2 medications
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor 9.2
7 reviews 5 medications
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia 8.8
26 reviews 10 medications
Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia 8.0
2 reviews 1 medications
Summary of Imatinib reviews 8.9 37 reviews

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Reviews for Imatinib

Cee · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 4, 2019

For Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “Taking 400 units daily since 2010. Monitored every 6 months for potential recurrence. So far there is no evidence of recurrence. I tend to retain fluids, suffer from intense hand and foot cramps, and have brain fog after taking Imatinib. Medications and diet modifications help with first two side effects. Timing of taking med helps with the third. Glad to be alive and credit Gleevec/iminitib for 8 years of good living.”

10 / 10
nate · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 24, 2018

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “Started Gleevec at 400 mg Feb 2017. Due to the numerous side affects (think I have them all) it was reduced until finally stopped. In late February 2018 as my body and mind were in bad shape. Had to give up physical therapy as body now too weak. What is scary, as of 6/24/18, still have all of the side affects. Blood reports getting worse. No relief in sight. New sores still showing up-takes months to heal. Still sleep in a stuffed chair due to constantly being awakened for trips to bathroom to medicate/treat something. Guest bath looks like a pharmacy with pills, powders, creams and bandages-most of them Dr ordered or recommended. Have not gotten 3 straight hours of sleep in months-has not happened this year. I sense Dr's being frustrated-if pill has stopped, why hasn't side affects?”

1 / 10
Walterbaby · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 17, 2017

For Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “Sickness lack of appitite”

10 / 10
Eddie A · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 9, 2017

For Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia: “I was diognosed Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia. Doctor started me with 400mg generic Gleevec and it helped right away but my white blood count dropped. So after a month I started 200mg everything was going ok until I got pneumonia. At first thehospital couldn't figure out why. Then the oncology doctor told me to stop the gleevec. I'm still battling the pneumonia and I'm not on the pill for my leukemia. He told me to get better from pneumonia cause it might be a side effect of the gleevec and after couple weeks he will evaluate and maybe put me on a different pill or maybe just 100mg gleevec. I'm a bit bummed out but we will see...any suggestions anyone?”

Batangueno Barako June 26, 2016

Gleevec (imatinib) for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “In April of 2012, I was diagmosed to have GIST high grade by my Doctors. The tumor was resectable and it was removed immediately. My surgeon removed 80% of my stomach and I find it successful operation. My Oncologist prescribed Glivec (Imatinib) 100 mg x 4 tabs a day for two (2) years from August 24, 2012 to August 24, 2014.I had my PET Scan every six (6) months for the surveilance of possible tumor recurrence, PET scan was stopped in 2015 since the tumor did not recur until now. It was hard in the first 2 months since my skin had discoloration and allergies but I beat them all. I live a happy life with my family with prayers with the Lord above. Glivec is a wonderful cancer drug but it was so expensive. GOD SPEED.”

10 / 10
ronlin425 · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 2, 2016

For Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “Praise God for Gleevec/Imatinib. Discovered the CML in early 2005. Immediately went on Gleevec 800mg daily. After a few months, I changed doctors, went to 600mg and many side effects began to ease up. Over the years we've tried Spricel and another drug but side effects worsened so we are back with Imatinib 600mg. With the exception of diarrhea, bloating and fluid retention, all is great. Am into my second month on the generic Imatinib so we'll see. Again, just so thankful for Meds which control the CML and the doctors who developed it.”

9 / 10
Charleysw March 15, 2016

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia: “Been on Glivec 100mg since June 2011 for Chronic Eosinofiliac Leukemia. Side effects comprises muscle cramps, tiredness and persistent cough. Has reduced my white cell count from 13 to <0.6 I have reduced my level to 50mg or half a tablet and my blood counts have remained stable over a 10 month period. I did this to aleviat the cramps and cough. Helped the cramps but not the cough. I still get tired but not as tired as I was prior to the medication.”

8 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more February 2, 2016

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “The drug has been effective but since Medicare coverage changed this year the out of pocket expense of $2k / month makes it not affordable. The best hope was the copay program offered by Novartis but since I have a Part D plan (as bad as it is) I do not qualify for that. Oh well, I had a good run. Hopeful that it somehow stays in remission, but if not hopeful that it does not drag out.”

9 / 10
rwadecole April 1, 2015

Gleevec (imatinib) for Myeloproliferative Disorders: “I have a rare myeloproliferative disorder. Thanks to Gleevec, I can live an entirely active and normal life with a normal life expectancy. My blood analysis has always been normal since starting Gleevec.”

10 / 10
Steve Ingle March 5, 2015

Gleevec (imatinib) for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “Apart from sluggishness and diarrhea, this has kept me alive for 10 years.”

9 / 10
Cali48 · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 25, 2015

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I have been on Gleevec for a year now. I started with 400mg but could not tolerate it so dropped to 300mg. I am in remission but nausea has become a problem. Taking antinausea meds but still nauseated most of the day. Lorazepam helps but wish I felt better without all of this. Glad to be alive though.”

9 / 10
jmaysurviver February 7, 2015

Gleevec (imatinib) for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: “I've been taking Gleevec since 2008. I'm 24 now in February 7 2015 I live a normal life. Gleevec and Stanford hospital saved my life I'm 24 now just a kid but I've walked the line and back again I have (all) with ph chromea zone I've done extensive therapy. lucky to be here I'm the light at the end of the tunnel don't give up you can do it my friends my heart goes out to all of my fellow fighters.”

10 / 10
rpavlow November 11, 2014

Gleevec (imatinib) for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “Mom has been on this since 2003 and is stable, I am very happy.”

10 / 10
Dotti427 September 12, 2014

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I've been taking Gleevec for a year now, at first I was very tired but now I'm taking a multivitamin but I've notice that my skin coloring has changed. I'm concerned a brown skin woman but now my skin has lighten so much until I'm wearing makeup for very light skin women some days I have very little color and I look almost white. My doctor hasn't seen this before he said usually patients become darker.”

10 / 10
nerdybee · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 9, 2014

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “Was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in Feb 2011, Gleevec worked for me for about a year and a half. I threw up almost every night on it. I had a rash all over my body when I first took it but that went away over time. Gleevec stopped working for me and my BNR jumped from 3 to 19. Dr switched me to Sprycel.”

4 / 10
ToniQ October 29, 2013

For Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I have been on Gleevec since March 2007 when I was dignosed with Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia. I was sick for about 4 months on this drug with Nausea, leg swelling, pain so bad that I felt crippled by the end of every day and headaches. I had these symptoms even while taking Zofran with the drug. My doctor's at MSKCC told me to hang in there saying I was going to wake up one day soon and feel better than ever. And then after 4 months, they were right. I remember that I woke up one morning, stretched my arms and legs and yawned and saw the sun shining through my bedroom window and I turned to my husband and said "I feel great"! I have pretty much felt great since then and my life has thrived. I am not just a survivor, I am a thriver!”

10 / 10
charlie jr September 21, 2013

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I've been on Gleevec since Aug. 24 2001 for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. I've had no side effects with it. The only side effect I had is when the doctor had me on both Gleevec and interferon it caused my heart function to drop. They took me off the interferon and heart function was normal. Been in remission for 11 years.”

9 / 10
pmsmd · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 30, 2013

Gleevec (imatinib) for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “I had a 5 cm Gastrointestinal Stroma Tumor removed from my stomach about a year ago and have been on Gleevec 400 mg since Nov. 2012. Main side effects are occasional muscle cramping that can be intense, mild periorbital edema, mild-moderate nausea. Most worrisome for me is a very low ANC (absolute neutrophil count) that is being closely monitored.”

CharliePupMom · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 22, 2013

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I have been on Gleevec since 2/2006. My white blood cell count went from 350,000 to 75,000 in less then three months. I went into full moleculer remission by 2/2007. Have the BCR-ABL blood test every 6 months and there is no more Philadelphia Chromosome since. I still can get nauseated and once in a while vomit if I do not take my Reglan correctly or take Zofran with it, but that's a minor annoyance since this medicine saved my life. I would have only had a 40% chance of survival if I would have had a bone marrow transplant. This medicine is a 95% chance of survival and I'm just about to that magical mark of 10 years on the medicine.”

9 / 10
Gist Survivor · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 14, 2013

Gleevec (imatinib) for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: “I am taking Gleevec after surgery, to remove 15ccmm tumor. It has been 7 months and I am tumor free. The main side effects of taking Gleevec has been abdominal bloating with pain, at times severe. I am able to handle the side effects for the most part, but when it becomes too much, I just reduce my dose for a few days until I feel better, normally or for two days a week. I was on Gleevec for 5 months prior to surgery. It didn't reduce the tumor, but it stop its growth and reduced the density considerably.”

8 / 10
Clickman9618 April 18, 2013

For Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I was diagnosed with PH CML during December 2009. I was put on Imatinib Mesylate 400 mg since 1.1.2010. With Imatinib, My counts are well within normal limits and so far PH Chromosome has remained negative, till date. I have side effects like muscle cramps, headache, fluid retention, abdominal bloating, mild diarrhea , anxiety, sleeplessness and mood swings. Incidence of headache have come down. Fluid retention is relieved with Lasilactone, Bone pain relieved with Calcium and Vit D3. I take Wheat Grass juice & Beetroot Carrot Ginger juice and do certain Yoga specially for Cancer.”

10 / 10
OK Sqare Dancer January 9, 2013

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia CML in June of 2010. I have been on Gleevec for about a year and a half now as Tasigna did not work for me. I have had various side effects like others (i.e. swelling in the face, diarrhea, body sores, and muscle aches). Thank heaven I did not lose my hair. The worst is the sores in my mouth that I cannot get rid of and the doctors do not find anything to give me any relief! If I had to pay for the medicines myself I could not do it but with my wonderful insurance I am able to take the medicines and live a good life. Otherwise I do not know where I would be without it. I just got married in August 2012 to my soul mate and this medication give me a new lease on life!”

10 / 10
chellyh November 22, 2012

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I have been on Gleevec now for 6 months and in that time I have had maybe 5 well days, the other days have been filled with vomiting, nausea, body aches & pains, migraines, lethargy, insane amounts of facial swelling and my weight is just up & down like a yoyo, varying from 82kilos down to 75. I now realize that when I said this wasn't the right medication for me 5 months ago I was right. Today my hematologist told me that my Philadelphia gene is unacceptably high, so now I am going to try something else. I am delighted to hear that others are doing so well on it but it certainly wasn't for me”

3 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more May 8, 2012

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I have been on Gleevec for about 10 years now, with absolutely NO side effects, except for one! After my hair grew back, it was curly all over my head. Makes hair styles quite easy at my age of 71.”

10 / 10
captcolt45 March 19, 2012

Gleevec (imatinib) for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: “I was in one of the first studies on Gleevec (STI571). I started on Feb. 5th 2000. It has been a life saver. Some side effects but it's better than being dead. The cost is high but it is was it is to stay alive. Was in remission less then 6 months, I have been on 300 mg all these years. ”