What are Imat 10 Tablets?
Imat 10 tablets contain a drug called Imatinib mesylate. It belongs to a group of medicines called Corticosteroids. It is used to treat blood cancer ( Chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor. This medicine works to stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent them from spreading to other parts of your body. It is used in adults and children. It is not curative.
What is Imatinib mesylate drug used for?
Imatinib mesylate is sold under the brand name Gleevec and Glivec. It is manufactured in India by Zydus Cadila. It is an oral chemotherapy medication used to treat cancer ( such as acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic myeloid leukemia ) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor. It works to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. It may be used to treat certain immune disorders. Imatinib is in a class of medications called kinase inhibitors. It blocks the action of the abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply. This helps to stop the spread of cancer cells.
What is Acute lymphocytic leukemia?
Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a type of blood cancer that starts in white blood cells in your bone marrow, the soft inner part of your bones. It develops from immature lymphocytes, a kind of white blood cell that maintains the immune system.
The word “acute” leukemia comes from the fact that the disease progresses rapidly and creates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. The word “ lymphocytic” refers to the white blood cells called lymphocytes, which means all effects. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is also known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children and treatment may result in a chance of cure. But in adults, the chance of cure is reduced.
- What are the signs and symptoms of Acute lymphocytic leukemia?
Signs and symptoms of acute lymphocytic leukemia may include:
Bleeding from the gums
Shortness of breath
What is Chronic myeloid leukemia?
Chronic myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of your bone marrow. The term “chronic” means that this cancer usually grows slower compared to acute myeloid leukemia. “Myelogenous” refers to the type of cells affected by cancer. The condition is called chronic myeloid leukemia.
In chronic myeloid leukemia, the bone marrow produces too many white blood cells. Initially, these cells function relatively normally. As the condition progresses, immature white blood cells called myeloblasts accumulate in the blood and bone marrow. The overgrowth of myeloblasts impairs the development of other blood cells, leading to a shortage of red blood cells and platelets.
- What are the signs and symptoms of chronic myeloid leukemia?
In most cases, CML doesn’t cause any symptoms. Some signs may include:
Unexplained weight loss
Loss of appetite
What is a Gastrointestinal stromal tumor?
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors ( GISTs in short) are tumors that form in your GI tract. Most parts start in your stomach or small intestine. Some GISTs are tiny, about the size of a pencil eraser. They usually grow slowly and may never need treatment. Others grow and spread faster. In this case, doctors can remove these tumors with surgery. When GISTs can’t be removed or have spread, some targeted medicine may help you to live a longer and better life.
- What are the signs and symptoms of GISTs?
Some people have no symptoms of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). While others individuals may experience the following symptoms:
Blood on or in the stool
Imat 10 Tablet comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken with a meal and a large glass of water once or twice a day. Take this medicine at around the same time every day. Before taking medicine consult your doctor. Dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking the medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The common side effects of this medicine include edema, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, diarrhea, rash, fatigue, and abdominal pain. If these side effects become serious, you may consult your doctor. Your doctor can prevent and give you relief from the side effects during the treatment. Regular monitoring of blood cells is essential.
The benefit of Imat 10 Tablet
- In the treatment of Acute lymphocytic leukemia
This medicine kills or stops the growth of cancer cells and prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. It is an effective medicine so you should discuss the risks and benefits of this medicine. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- In the treatment of Chronic myeloid leukemia
It is a cancer of white blood cells, the cells usually help the body to fight infections. This medicine works to block the enzyme and stops the cancer cells from growing. It prevents the multiplication and spreading of cancer cells.
- In the treatment of Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
A GIST is a type of tumor that occurs most commonly in the stomach or small intestine. This tablet helps to kill cancer cells and stops their further growth and spread. Keep in touch with your doctor and follow his advice.
Side effects of Imat 10 Tablet
Here are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need a doctor’s attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include:
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Change of taste
Heartburn and Indigestion
Joint pain, swelling
Burning of hands and feet
Shortness of breath
Low blood count
How are the Imat 10 Tablets taken?
Imat 10 Tablet comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken with a meal and a large glass of water once or twice a day. Take this medicine at around the same time every day. Before taking medicine consult your doctor. Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Dose and duration will decide your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew and break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Much other medicine can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medication you are using during the treatment.
How do the Imat 10 Tablets work?
Imat is a protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Tyrosine kinases are proteins that act as chemical messengers that are used by the cancer cells from growing. It inhibits the growth and spread of cancer cells.