ایماتیب
Imatinib Mesylate (Gleevec)
ایماتیب

نام ژنریک

Imatinib

شکل دارویی

مکانيسم اثر


دارو آنزيم تيروزين کيناز Bcr-Abl که باعث ايجاد اختلال در ژن فيلادلفيا مي‌شود را مهار مي‌کند. همچنين در بدن اين دارو رشد تومور و بلاستهاي وابسته به Bcr-Abl را مهار مي‌کند.


فارماکوکينتيک


جذب: بسيار خوب جذب مي‌شود و فراهمي زيستي آن حدود 98% است.


پخش: اتصال پروتئيني آن حدود 95 % است.


متابوليسم: توسط سيستم سيتوکروم CYP3A4 به خصوص 3A4 به متابوليت فعال متابوليزه مي‌شود.


دفع: عمدتاً در مدفوع و به صورت متابوليت دفع مي‌شود.

موارد مصرف

موارد منع مصرف و احتياط


موارد منع مصرف: سابقه حساسيت به دارو يا اجزائ فرمولاسيون.


موارد احتياط: نارسايي کبدي.


تداخل دارويي


استامينوفن ممکن است باعث افزايش ريسک سميت کبدي شود. بيمار را پايش نماييد.


داروهايي که سيتوکروم P450 را القا مي‌کنند مانند کاربامازپين، دگزامتازون، فني تويين، فنوباربيتال، ريفامپين ممکن است دفع ايماتينيب را تشديد و غلظت خوني آن را کاهش دهند، با احتياط استفاده نماييد.


داروهايي که سيتوکروم P450 را مهار مي‌کنند مانند سايميتيدين، کلاريترومايسين، اريترومايسين و ايتراکونازول ممکن است نيمه عمر
ايماتينيب را افزايش دهند. بيمار را از جهت بروز علائم مسموميت پايش نماييد.


مهار کننده‌ هاي کانال کلسيمي دي هيدرو پيريديني، برخي از استاتين‌ها، سيکلوسپورين، پيموزايد، بنزوديازپين‌هاي تري آزولي ممکن است غلظت ايماتينيب را افزايش دهند. بيمار را از جهت بروز علائم مسموميت پايش نماييد و در صورت امکان غلظت خوني را اندازه گيري نماييد.


ايماتينيب ممکن است متابوليسم وارفارين را تغيير دهد. از مصرف همزمان خودداري نموده و به جاي آن از هپارين يا LMWH استفاده نماييد.

موارد منع مصرف

ملاحظات اختصاصي


1- وزن بيمار را روزانه ارزيابي کنيد و افزايش ناگهاني وزن را بررسي و درمان نماييد.


2- بيمار را از نظر احتباس مايعات که مي‌تواند شديد و خطرناک باشد ارزيابي کنيد.


3- در ماه اول CBC را هفتگي، ماه دوم هر 2 هفته و بعد از آن به صورت دوره‌اي بررسي نماييد.


4- به علت شايع بودن تحريکات گوارشي دارو مي‌بايست همراه با غذا مصرف شود.


5- کارکرد کبد را به صورت منظم ارزيابي کنيد. در صورتي که سميت کبدي روي داد دوز را کاهش دهيد.


6- کارکرد کليه و وضعيت تضعيف ايمني را به دقت پايش نماييد.

موارد قابل توجه

-

تداخل دارویی

نکات قابل توصيه به بيمار


1- به بيمار توصيه کنيد دارو را همراه غذا و مقدار زيادي آب مصرف نمايد.


2- بيماراني که قادر به بلعيدن دارو نيستند، مي‌توانند قرص‌ها را در آب و يا آب سيب (50 سي سي براي قرصهاي mg 100 و 200 سي سي براي قرصهاي mg 400) بريزند و به هم بزنند و سريعا ميل کنند.


3- به بيمار توصيه کنيد به منظور پيشگيري از مشکلات کبدي از مصرف استامينوفن حين مصرف دارو خودداري کند.


4- به بيمار توصيه کنيد اندازه گيري تستهاي کبدي، کليوي و خوني ممکن است ضروري باشد.


5- در صورتي که بيمار جهت درمان بيماري‌هاي مقاربتي دارو دريافت مي‌کند شريک جنسي نيز مي‌بايست درمان شود.


مصرف در سالمندان: سالمندان در معرض ريسک بيشتري در خصوص بروز ادم هستند.


مصرف در کودکان: اثربخشي و ايمني دارو در کودکان زير 3 سال اثبات نشده است.


مصرف در شيردهي: هر چند ترشح در شير کاملا مشخص نيست با توجه به خطرات احتمالي در حين مصرف دارو شيردهي توصيه نمي‌شود.


مصرف در بارداري: دارو ممکن است ايجاد عوارض جدي بر روي جنين نمايد. از بارداري در طي مصرف دارو خودداري شود.

مکانیزم اثر

نکات قابل توصيه به بيمار


1- به بيمار توصيه کنيد دارو را همراه غذا و مقدار زيادي آب مصرف نمايد.


2- بيماراني که قادر به بلعيدن دارو نيستند، مي‌توانند قرص‌ها را در آب و يا آب سيب (50 سي سي براي قرصهاي mg 100 و 200 سي سي براي قرصهاي mg 400) بريزند و به هم بزنند و سريعا ميل کنند.


3- به بيمار توصيه کنيد به منظور پيشگيري از مشکلات کبدي از مصرف استامينوفن حين مصرف دارو خودداري کند.


4- به بيمار توصيه کنيد اندازه گيري تستهاي کبدي، کليوي و خوني ممکن است ضروري باشد.


5- در صورتي که بيمار جهت درمان بيماري‌هاي مقاربتي دارو دريافت مي‌کند شريک جنسي نيز مي‌بايست درمان شود.


مصرف در سالمندان: سالمندان در معرض ريسک بيشتري در خصوص بروز ادم هستند.


مصرف در کودکان: اثربخشي و ايمني دارو در کودکان زير 3 سال اثبات نشده است.


مصرف در شيردهي: هر چند ترشح در شير کاملا مشخص نيست با توجه به خطرات احتمالي در حين مصرف دارو شيردهي توصيه نمي‌شود.


مصرف در بارداري: دارو ممکن است ايجاد عوارض جدي بر روي جنين نمايد. از بارداري در طي مصرف دارو خودداري شود.

فارماكوكینتیك

عوارض جانبي


اعصاب مرکزي: خستگي، سردرد، تب، ضعف و خونريزي مغزي.


قلبي ـ عروقي: ادم، خونريزي.


حلق و بيني: نازوفارنژيت، خونريزي از بيني.


دستگاه گوارش: بي اشتهايي، اسهال، يبوست، درد شکم، خونريزي گوارشي، سو هاضمه، تهوع و استفراغ.


خون: آنمي، نوتروپني، ترومبوسيتوپني.


متابوليک: هايپوکالمي، افزايش وزن.


عضلاني ـ اسکلتي: آرترالژي، دردهاي عضلاني - اسكلتي، کرامپ عضلاني.


تنفسي: تنگي نفس، سرفه، پنوموني.


پوست: پتشي، کهير، راش.


ساير عوارض: عرق شبانه.


مسموميت و درمان


موارد گزارش شده از مصرف دوز بيش از mg 800 بسيار محدود است. در صورت مصرف بيش از حد، درمان حمايتي توصيه مي شود.

سایر اطلاعات

طبقه‌بندي درماني: آنتي نئوپلاسم.


طبقه‌بندي مصرف در بارداري: رده D


اشكال دارويي:


Tablet: 100mg


Capsule: 50, 100mg


موارد و مقدار مصرف


الف) لوکمي ميلوييدي مزمن (CML) در بحران بلاستي، در فاز accelerated يا در فاز مزمن که درمان با اينتر فرون آلفا شکست خورده باشد. موارد تازه تشخيص داده شده CML با کروموزوم فيلادلفياي مثبت.


بزرگسالان: فاز مزمن CML mg 400 روزانه تک دوز همراه با غذا يا مقدار زيادي آب، دوز را مي‌توان تا mg 600 روزانه تک دوز افزايش داد. در بحران بلاستي يا فاز accelerated mg 600 روزانه تک دوز همراه با غذا يا مقدار زيادي آب، دوز را مي‌توان تا mg 800 روزانه تک دوز افزايش داد. درمان مي‌بايست تا زماني که بيمار به آن پاسخ مي‌دهد ادامه يابد.


دوز را تنها در صورتي افزايش دهيد که عوارض شديد دارو مانند نوتروپني و ترومبوسايتوپني بروز نکرده باشد يا بيماري پيشرفت کرده باشد يا عدم پاسخ کافي بعد از 3 ماه درمان و يا سابقه عدم پاسخ به درمان وجود داشته باشد.


ب) درمان لوکمي ميلوييدي مزمن (CML) در فاز مزمن وقتي بيماري بعد از پيوند مغز استخوان يا درمان با اينترفرون عود مي‌کند.


كودكان 3 سال و بزرگتر: mg/m2/day 260 به صورت تک دوز يا منقسم در 2 دوز همراه غذا يا يا مقدار زيادي آب. دوز را مي‌توان تا mg/m2/day 340 افزايش داد.


پ) درمان تومور گوارشي بدخيم استرومال ( GIST) با KIT(CD) 117 مثبت که متاستاتيک باشد و يا امکان جراحي آن وجود نداشته باشد.


بزرگسالان: 400 الي 600 ميلي گرم در روز.


تنظيم دوز: براي عوارض شديد غير خوني مانند سميت کبدي شديد يا احتباس مايعات شديد، دارو را تا زماني که عوارض برطرف شود قطع کنيد. در افزايش بيلي روبين 3 برابر بيش از حد نرمال يا آنزيم‌هاي کبدي 5 برابر بيش از حد نرمال دارو را تا زماني که بيلي روبين به 1.5 برابر بيش از حد نرمال يا آنزيم‌هاي کبدي به 2.5 برابر بيش از حد نرمال باز گردند دارو را قطع کنيد و سپس با دوز کاهش يافته آغاز نماييد. (در مورد بزرگسالان مي‌توان دوز 400 ميلي گرم را به 300 ميلي گرم و 600 ميلي گرم را به 400 ميلي گرم کاهش داد. در مورد کودکان دوز mg/m2/day 260 را به mg/m2/day 200 و دوز mg/m2/day 340 را به mg/m2/day 260 کاهش داد.)


نام‌هاي تجاري: Glivec

Imatinib Mesylate (Gleevec)

GLEEVEC
(imatinib mesylate) Tablets

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Imatinib is a small molecule kinase inhibitor. Gleevec film-coated tablets contain imatinib mesylate equivalent to 100 mg or 400 mg of imatinib free base. Imatinib mesylate is designated chemically as 4-[(4-Methyl1-piperazinyl)methyl]-N-[4-methyl-3-[[4-(3-pyridinyl)-2-pyrimidinyl]amino]-phenyl]benzamide methanesulfonate and its structural formula is

GLEEVEC (imatinib mesylate) Structural Formula Illustration

Imatinib mesylate is a white to off-white to brownish or yellowish tinged crystalline powder. Its molecular formula is C29H31N7O • CH4SO3 and its molecular weight is 589.7. Imatinib mesylate is soluble in aqueous buffers ≤ pH 5.5 but is very slightly soluble to insoluble in neutral/alkaline aqueous buffers. In non-aqueous solvents, the drug substance is freely soluble to very slightly soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide, methanol and ethanol, but is insoluble in n-octanol, acetone and acetonitrile.

Inactive Ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide (NF); crospovidone (NF); hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (USP); magnesium stearate (NF); and microcrystalline cellulose (NF). Tablet coating: ferric oxide, red (NF); ferric oxide, yellow (NF); hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (USP); polyethylene glycol (NF) and talc (USP).

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What are the precautions when taking imatinib mesylate (Gleevec)?

Before taking imatinib, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

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Last reviewed on RxList: 5/25/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

INDICATIONS

Newly Diagnosed Philadelphia Positive Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (Ph+ CML)

Newly diagnosed adult and pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase.

Ph+ CML in Blast Crisis (BC), Accelerated Phase (AP) or Chronic Phase (CP) After Interferon-alpha (IFN) Therapy

Patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia in blast crisis, accelerated phase, or in chronic phase after failure of interferon-alpha therapy.

Ph+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Adult patients with relapsed or refractory Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases (MDS/MPD)

Adult patients with myelodysplastic/ myeloproliferative diseases associated with PDGFR (platelet-derived growth factor receptor) gene re-arrangements.

Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis (ASM)

Adult patients with aggressive systemic mastocytosis without the D816V c-Kit mutation or with c-Kit mutational status unknown.

Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (HES) and/or Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia (CEL)

Adult patients with hypereosinophilic syndrome and/or chronic eosinophilic leukemia who have the FIP1L1PDGFRα fusion kinase (mutational analysis or FISH demonstration of CHIC2 allele deletion) and for patients with HES and/or CEL who are FIP1L1-PDGFRα fusion kinase negative or unknown.

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP)

Adult patients with unresectable, recurrent and/or metastatic dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.

Kit+ Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)

Patients with Kit (CD117) positive unresectable and/or metastatic malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Adjuvant Treatment of GIST

Adjuvant treatment of adult patients following complete gross resection of Kit (CD117) positive GIST. Approval is based on recurrence-free survival with a median follow-up of 14 months. Clinical benefit has not been demonstrated by a long term effect on recurrence-free survival or survival.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Therapy should be initiated by a physician experienced in the treatment of patients with hematological malignancies or malignant sarcomas, as appropriate. The prescribed dose should be administered orally, with a meal and a large glass of water. Doses of 400 mg or 600 mg should be administered once daily, whereas a dose of 800 mg should be administered as 400 mg twice a day.

In children, Gleevec treatment can be given as a once-daily dose or alternatively the daily dose may be split into two - once in the morning and once in the evening. There is no experience with Gleevec treatment in children under 2 years of age.

For patients unable to swallow the film-coated tablets, the tablets may be dispersed in a glass of water or apple juice. The required number of tablets should be placed in the appropriate volume of beverage (approximately 50 mL for a 100 mg tablet, and 200 mL for a 400 mg tablet) and stirred with a spoon. The suspension should be administered immediately after complete disintegration of the tablet(s).

For daily dosing of 800 mg and above, dosing should be accomplished using the 400 mg tablet to reduce exposure to iron.

Treatment may be continued as long as there is no evidence of progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity.

Adult Patients with Ph+ CML CP, AP and BC

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for adult patients in chronic phase CML and 600 mg/day for adult patients in accelerated phase or blast crisis.

In CML, a dose increase from 400 mg to 600 mg in adult patients with chronic phase disease, or from 600 mg to 800 mg (given as 400 mg twice daily) in adult patients in accelerated phase or blast crisis may be considered in the absence of severe adverse drug reaction and severe non-leukemia related neutropenia or thrombocytopenia in the following circumstances: disease progression (at any time), failure to achieve a satisfactory hematologic response after at least 3 months of treatment, failure to achieve a cytogenetic response after 6-12 months of treatment, or loss of a previously achieved hematologic or cytogenetic response.

Pediatric Patients with Ph+ CML CP

The recommended dose of Gleevec for children with newly diagnosed Ph+ CML is 340 mg/m²/day (not to exceed 600 mg).

Ph+ ALL

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 600 mg/day for adult patients with relapsed/refractory Ph+ ALL.

MDS/MPD

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for adult patients with MDS/MPD.

ASM

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for adult patients with ASM without the D816V c-Kit mutation. If c-Kit mutational status is not known or unavailable, treatment with Gleevec 400 mg/day may be considered for patients with ASM not responding satisfactorily to other therapies. For patients with ASM associated with eosinophilia, a clonal hematological disease related to the fusion kinase FIP1L1-PDGFRα, a starting dose of 100 mg/day is recommended. Dose increase from 100 mg to 400 mg for these patients may be considered in the absence of adverse drug reactions if assessments demonstrate an insufficient response to therapy.

HES/CEL

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for adult patients with HES/CEL. For HES/CEL patients with demonstrated FIP1L1-PDGFRα fusion kinase, a starting dose of 100 mg/day is recommended. Dose increase from 100 mg to 400 mg for these patients may be considered in the absence of adverse drug reactions if assessments demonstrate an insufficient response to therapy.

DFSP

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 800 mg/day for adult patients with DFSP.

GIST

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for adult patients with unresectable and/or metastatic, malignant GIST. A dose increase up to 800 mg daily (given as 400 mg twice daily) may be considered, as clinically indicated, in patients showing clear signs or symptoms of disease progression at a lower dose and in the absence of severe adverse drug reactions.

The recommended dose of Gleevec is 400 mg/day for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients following complete gross resection of GIST. In the clinical study, Gleevec was administered for one year. The optimal treatment duration with Gleevec is not known.

Dose Modification Guidelines

Concomitant Strong CYP3A4 inducers: The use of concomitant strong CYP3A4 inducers should be avoided (e.g., dexamethasone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampin, rifabutin, rifampacin, phenobarbital). If patients must be co-administered a strong CYP3A4 inducer, based on pharmacokinetic studies, the dosage of Gleevec should be increased by at least 50%, and clinical response should be carefully monitored [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Hepatic Impairment

Patients with mild and moderate hepatic impairment do not require a dose adjustment and should be treated per the recommended dose. A 25% decrease in the recommended dose should be used for patients with severe hepatic impairment [see Use in Specific Populations].

Renal Impairment

Patients with moderate renal impairment (CrCL = 20-39 mL/min) should receive a 50% decrease in the recommended starting dose and future doses can be increased as tolerated. Doses greater than 600 mg are not recommended in patients with mild renal impairment (CrCL = 40-59 mL/min). For patients with moderate renal impairment doses greater than 400 mg are not recommended.

Imatinib should be used with caution in patients with severe renal impairment. A dose of 100 mg/day was tolerated in two patients with severe renal impairment. [See Use In Specific Populations]

Dose Adjustment for Hepatotoxicity and Non-Hematologic Adverse Reactions

If elevations in bilirubin > 3 x institutional upper limit of normal (IULN) or in liver transaminases > 5 x IULN occur, Gleevec should be withheld until bilirubin levels have returned to a < 1.5 x IULN and transaminase levels to < 2.5 x IULN. In adults, treatment with Gleevec may then be continued at a reduced daily dose (i.e., 400 mg to 300 mg, 600 mg to 400 mg or 800 mg to 600 mg). In children, daily doses can be reduced under the same circumstances from 340 mg/m²/day to 260 mg/m²/day.

If a severe non-hematologic adverse reaction develops (such as severe hepatotoxicity or severe fluid retention), Gleevec should be withheld until the event has resolved. Thereafter, treatment can be resumed as appropriate depending on the initial severity of the event.

Dose Adjustment for Hematologic Adverse Reactions

Dose reduction or treatment interruptions for severe neutropenia and thrombocytopenia are recommended as indicated in Table 1.

Table 1 : Dose Adjustments for Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia

ASM associated with eosinophilia (starting dose 100 mg) ANC < 1.0 x 109/L
and/or
platelets < 50 x 109/L
  1. Stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
  2. Resume treatment with Gleevec at previous dose (i.e., dose before severe adverse reaction)
HES/CEL with FIP1L1-PDGFRa fusion kinase (starting dose 100 mg) ANC < 1.0 x 109/L
and/or
platelets < 50 x 109/L
  1. Stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
  2. Resume treatment with Gleevec at previous dose (i.e., dose before severe adverse reaction)
Chronic Phase CML (starting dose 400 mg)
MDS/MPD, ASM and HES/CEL (starting dose 400 mg)
GIST (starting dose 400 mg)
ANC < 1.0 x 109/L
and/or platelets < 50 x 109/L
  1. Stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
  2. Resume treatment with Gleevec at the original starting dose of 400 mg
  3. If recurrence of ANC < 1.0 x 109/L and/or platelets < 50 x 109/L, repeat step 1 and resume Gleevec at a reduced dose of 300 mg
Ph+ CML : Accelerated Phase and Blast Crisis (starting dose 600 mg) Ph+ ALL (starting dose 600 mg) ANC < 0.5 x 109/L
and/or
platelets < 10 x 109/L
  1. Check if cytopenia is related to leukemia (marrow aspirate or biopsy)
  2. If cytopenia is unrelated to leukemia, reduce dose of Gleevec to 400 mg
  3. If cytopenia persists 2 weeks, reduce further to 300 mg
  4. If cytopenia persists 4 weeks and is still unrelated to leukemia, stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 20 x 109/L and then resume treatment at 300 mg
DFSP (starting dose 800 mg) ANC < 1.0 x 109/L
and/or
platelets < 50 x 109/L
  1. Stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
  2. Resume treatment with Gleevec at 600 mg
  3. In the event of recurrence of ANC < 1.0 x 109/L and/or platelets < 50 x 109/L, repeat step 1 and resume Gleevec at reduced dose of 400 mg
Pediatric newly diagnosed chronic phase CML (starting dose 340 mg/m²) ANC < 1.0 x 109/L
and/or
platelets < 50 x 109/L
  1. Stop Gleevec until ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
  2. Resume treatment with Gleevec at previous dose (i.e., dose before severe adverse reaction)
  3. In the event of recurrence of ANC < 1.0 x 109/L and/or platelets < 50 x 109/L, repeat step 1 and resume Gleevec at reduced dose of 260 mg/m 2

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

100 mg film coated tablets

Very dark yellow to brownish orange, film-coated tablets, round, biconvex with bevelled edges, debossed with “NVR” on one side, and “SA” with score on the other side

400 mg film coated tablets

Very dark yellow to brownish orange, film-coated tablets, ovaloid, biconvex with bevelled edges, debossed with “400” on one side with score on the other side, and “SL” on each side of the score

Each film-coated tablet contains 100 mg or 400 mg of imatinib free base.

100 mg Tablets

Very dark yellow to brownish orange, film-coated tablets, round, biconvex with bevelled edges, debossed with “NVR” on one side, and “A” with score on the other side.

Bottles of 90 tablets…………………………………NDC 0078-0401-34

400 mg Tablets

Very dark yellow to brownish orange, film-coated tablets, ovaloid, biconvex with bevelled edges, debossed with “400” on one side with score on the other side, and “SL” on each side of the score.

Bottles of 30 tablets…………………………………NDC 0078-0438-15

Storage and Handling

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from moisture.

Dispense in a tight container, USP.

Procedures for proper handling and disposal of anticancer drugs should be considered. Several guidelines on this subject have been published1-4.

Gleevec tablets should not be crushed. Direct contact of crushed tablets with the skin or mucous membranes should be avoided. If such contact occurs, wash thoroughly as outlined in the references. Personnel should avoid exposure to crushed tablets. [see Nonclinical Toxicology].

REFERENCES

1. Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings. NIOSH Alert 2004-165.

2. OSHA Technical Manual, TED 1-0.15A, Section VI: Chapter 2. Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs. OSHA, 1999. http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_vi/otm_vi_2.html

3. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ASHP guidelines on handling hazardous drugs. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2006;63:1172-1193.

4. Polovich, M., White, J. M., & Kelleher, L.O. (eds.) 2005. Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice (2nd. ed.) Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society

Distributed by: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover , New Jersey 07936. Revised: 04/2011

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/25/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

SIDE EFFECTS

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, the adverse reaction rates observed cannot be directly compared to rates on other clinical trials and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

The majority of Gleevec-treated patients experienced adverse reactions at some time. Most reactions were of mild-to-moderate grade, but drug was discontinued for drug-related adverse reactions in 2.4% of newly diagnosed patients, 4% of patients in chronic phase after failure of interferon-alpha therapy, 4% in accelerated phase and 5% in blast crisis.

The most frequently reported drug-related adverse reactions were edema, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, diarrhea and rash (Table 2 for newly diagnosed CML, Table 3 for other CML patients). Edema was most frequently periorbital or in lower limbs and was managed with diuretics, other supportive measures, or by reducing the dose of Gleevec. [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. The frequency of severe superficial edema was 1.5%-6%.

A variety of adverse reactions represent local or general fluid retention including pleural effusion, ascites, pulmonary edema and rapid weight gain with or without superficial edema. These reactions appear to be dose related, were more common in the blast crisis and accelerated phase studies (where the dose was 600 mg/day), and are more common in the elderly. These reactions were usually managed by interrupting Gleevec treatment and using diuretics or other appropriate supportive care measures. A few of these reactions may be serious or life threatening, and one patient with blast crisis died with pleural effusion, congestive heart failure, and renal failure.

Adverse reactions, regardless of relationship to study drug, that were reported in at least 10% of the Gleevec treated patients are shown in Tables 2 and 3.

Table 2 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Newly Diagnosed CML Clinical Trial ( ≥ 10% of Gleevec Treated Patients)(1)

Preferred Term All Grades CTC Grades 3/4
Gleevec
N=551 (%)
IFN+Ara- C
N=533 (%)
Gleevec
N=551 (%)
IFN+Ara- C
N=533 (%)
Fluid Retention 61.7 11.1 2.5 0.9
- Superficial Edema 59.9 9.6 1.5 0.4
- Other Fluid Retention Reactions2 6.9 1.9 1.3 0.6
Nausea 49.5 61.5 1.3 5.1
Muscle Cramps 49.2 11.8 2.2 0.2
Musculoskeletal Pain 47.0 44.8 5.4 8.6
Diarrhea 45.4 43.3 3.3 3.2
Rash and Related Terms 40.1 26.1 2.9 2.4
Fatigue 38.8 67.0 1.8 25.1
Headache 37.0 43.3 0.5 3.8
Joint Pain 31.4 38.1 2.5 7.7
Abdominal Pain 36.5 25.9 4.2 3.9
Nasopharyngitis 30.5 8.8 0 0.4
Hemorrhage 28.9 21.2 1.8 1.7
- GI Hemorrhage 1.6 1.1 0.5 0.2
- CNS Hemorrhage 0.2 0.4 0 0.4
Myalgia 24.1 38.8 1.5 8.3
Vomiting 22.5 27.8 2.0 3.4
Dyspepsia 18.9 8.3 0 0.8
Cough 20.0 23.1 0.2 0.6
Pharyngolaryngeal Pain 18.1 11.4 0.2 0
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 21.2 8.4 0.2 0.4
Dizziness 19.4 24.4 0.9 3.8
Pyrexia 17.8 42.6 0.9 3.0
Weight Increased 15.6 2.6 2.0 0.4
Insomnia 14.7 18.6 0 2.3
Depression 14.9 35.8 0.5 13.1
Influenza 13.8 6.2 0.2 0.2
Bone Pain 11.3 15.6 1.6 3.4
Constipation 11.4 14.4 0.7 0.2
Sinusitis 11.4 6.0 0.2 0.2
(1)All adverse reactions occurring in ≥ 10% of Gleevec treated patients are listed regardless of suspected relationship to treatment.
(2)Other fluid retention reactions include pleural effusion, ascites, pulmonary edema, pericardial effusion, anasarca, edema aggravated, and fluid retention not otherwise specified.

Table 3 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Other CML Clinical Trials ( ≥ 10% of All Patients in any Trial)(1)

Preferred Term Myeloid Blast Crisis (n=260) % Accelerated Phase (n=235) % Chronic Phase, IFN Failure (n=532) %
All Grades Grade 3/4 All Grades Grade 3/4 All Grades Grade 3/4
Fluid Retention 72 11 76 6 69 4
-Superficial Edema 66 6 74 3 67 2
-Other Fluid Retention            
Reactions (2) 22 6 15 4 7 2
Nausea 71 5 73 5 63 3
Muscle Cramps 28 1 47 0.4 62 2
Vomiting 54 4 58 3 36 2
Diarrhea 43 4 57 5 48 3
Hemorrhage 53 19 49 11 30 2
- CNS Hemorrhage 9 7 3 3 2 1
- GI Hemorrhage 8 4 6 5 2 0.4
Musculoskeletal Pain 42 9 49 9 38 2
Fatigue 30 4 46 4 48 1
Skin Rash 36 5 47 5 47 3
Pyrexia 41 7 41 8 21 2
Arthralgia 25 5 34 6 40 1
Headache 27 5 32 2 36 0.6
Abdominal Pain 30 6 33 4 32 1
Weight Increased 5 1 17 5 32 7
Cough 14 0.8 27 0.9 20 0
Dyspepsia 12 0 22 0 27 0
Myalgia 9 0 24 2 27 0.2
Nasopharyngitis 10 0 17 0 22 0.2
Asthenia 18 5 21 5 15 0.2
Dyspnea 15 4 21 7 12 0.9
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 3 0 12 0.4 19 0
Anorexia 14 2 17 2 7 0
Night Sweats 13 0.8 17 1 14 0.2
Constipation 16 2 16 0.9 9 0.4
Dizziness 12 0.4 13 0 16 0.2
Pharyngitis 10 0 12 0 15 0
Insomnia 10 0 14 0 14 0.2
Pruritus 8 1 14 0.9 14 0.8
Hypokalemia 13 4 9 2 6 0.8
Pneumonia 13 7 10 7 4 1
Anxiety 8 0.8 12 0 8 0.4
Liver Toxicity 10 5 12 6 6 3
Rigors 10 0 12 0.4 10 0
Chest Pain 7 2 10 0.4 11 0.8
Influenza 0.8 0.4 6 0 11 0.2
Sinusitis 4 0.4 11 0.4 9 0.4
(1) All adverse reactions occurring in ≥ 10% of patients are listed regardless of suspected relationship to treatment.
(2) Other fluid retention reactions include pleural effusion, ascites, pulmonary edema, pericardial effusion, anasarca, edema aggravated, and fluid retention not otherwise specified.

Hematologic Toxicity

Cytopenias, and particularly neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, were a consistent finding in all studies, with a higher frequency at doses ≥ 750 mg (Phase 1 study). The occurrence of cytopenias in CML patients was also dependent on the stage of the disease.

In patients with newly diagnosed CML, cytopenias were less frequent than in the other CML patients (see Tables 4 and 5). The frequency of Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia was between 2- and 3-fold higher in blast crisis and accelerated phase compared to chronic phase (see Tables 4 and 5). The median duration of the neutropenic and thrombocytopenic episodes varied from 2 to 3 weeks, and from 2 to 4 weeks, respectively.

These reactions can usually be managed with either a reduction of the dose or an interruption of treatment with Gleevec, but in rare cases require permanent discontinuation of treatment.

Table 4 : Lab Abnormalities in Newly Diagnosed CML Clinical Trial

CTC Grades Gleevec
N=551 %
IFN+Ara- C
N=533 %
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 3 Grade 4
Hematology Parameters*
- Neutropenia* 13.1 3.6 20.8 4.5
- Thrombocytopenia* 8.5 0.4 15.9 0.6
- Anemia 3.3 1.1 4.1 0.2
Biochemistry Parameters
- Elevated Creatinine 0 0 0.4 0
- Elevated Bilirubin 0.9 0.2 0.2 0
- Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase 0.2 0 0.8 0
- Elevated SGOT /SGPT 4.7 0.5 7.1 0.4
*p < 0.001 (difference in Grade 3 plus 4 abnormalities between the two treatment groups)

Table 5 :Lab Abnormalities in Other CML Clinical Trials

CTC Grades1 Myeloid Blast Crisis (n=260) 600 mg n=223 400 mg n=37 % Accelerated Phase (n=235) 600 mg n=158 400 mg n=77 % Chronic Phase, IFN Failure (n=532) 400mg %
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 3 Grade 4
Hematology Parameters
- Neutropenia 16 48 23 36 27 9
- Thrombocytopenia 30 33 31 13 21 < 1
- Anemia 42 11 34 7 6 1
Biochemistry Parameters
- Elevated Creatinine 1.5 0 1.3 0 0.2 0
- Elevated Bilirubin 3.8 0 2.1 0 0.6 0
- Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase 4.6 0 5.5 0.4 0.2 0
- Elevated SGOT (AST) 1.9 0 3.0 0 2.3 0
- Elevated SGPT (ALT) 2.3 0.4 4.3 0 2.1 0
1CTC Grades: neutropenia (Grade 3 ≥ 0.5-1.0 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 0.5 x 109/L), thrombocytopenia (Grade 3 ≥ 10-50 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 10 x 109/L), anemia (hemoglobin ≥ 65-80 g/L, Grade 4 < 65 g/L), elevated creatinine (Grade 3 > 3-6 x upper limit normal range [ULN], Grade 4 > 6 x ULN), elevated bilirubin (Grade 3 > 3-10 x ULN, Grade 4 > 10 x ULN), elevated alkaline phosphatase (Grade 3 > 5-20 x ULN, Grade 4 > 20 x ULN), elevated SGOT or SGPT (Grade 3 > 5-20 x ULN, Grade 4 > 20 x ULN)

Hepatotoxicity

Severe elevation of transaminases or bilirubin occurred in approximately 5% of CML patients (see Tables 4 and 5) and were usually managed with dose reduction or interruption (the median duration of these episodes was approximately 1 week). Treatment was discontinued permanently because of liver laboratory abnormalities in less than 1.0% of CML patients. One patient, who was taking acetaminophen regularly for fever, died of acute liver failure. In the Phase 2 GIST trial, Grade 3 or 4 SGPT (ALT) elevations were observed in 6.8% of patients and Grade 3 or 4 SGOT (AST) elevations were observed in 4.8% of patients. Bilirubin elevation was observed in 2.7% of patients.

Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Population

The overall safety profile of pediatric patients treated with Gleevec in 93 children studied was similar to that found in studies with adult patients, except that musculoskeletal pain was less frequent (20.5%) and peripheral edema was not reported. Nausea and vomiting were the most commonly reported individual adverse reactions with an incidence similar to that seen in adult patients. Although most patients experienced adverse reactions at some time during the study, the incidence of Grade 3/4 adverse reactions was low.

Adverse Reactions in Other Subpopulations

In older patients ( ≥ 65 years old), with the exception of edema, where it was more frequent, there was no evidence of an increase in the incidence or severity of adverse reactions. In women there was an increase in the frequency of neutropenia, as well as Grade ½ superficial edema, headache, nausea, rigors, vomiting, rash, and fatigue. No differences were seen that were related to race but the subsets were too small for proper evaluation.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

The adverse reactions were similar for Ph+ ALL as for Ph+ CML. The most frequently reported drug-related adverse reactions reported in the Ph+ ALL studies were mild nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, muscle cramps and rash, which were easily manageable. Superficial edema was a common finding in all studies and were described primarily as periorbital or lower limb edemas. These edemas were rarely severe and may be managed with diuretics, other supportive measures, or in some patients by reducing the dose of Gleevec.

Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases

Adverse reactions, regardless of relationship to study drug, that were reported in at least 10% of the patients treated with Gleevec for MDS/MPD in the phase 2 study, are shown in Table 6.

Table 6 : Adverse Reactions Reported (More than One Patient) in MPD Patients in the Phase 2 Study ( ≥ 10% All Patients) All Grades

Preferred Term N=7 n (%)
Nausea 4 (57.1)
Diarrhea 3 (42.9)
Anemia 2 (28.6)
Fatigue 2 (28.6)
Muscle Cramp 3 (42.9)
Arthralgia 2 (28.6)
Periorbital Edema 2 (28.6)

Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis

All ASM patients experienced at least one adverse reaction at some time. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were diarrhea, nausea, ascites, muscle cramps, dyspnea, fatigue, peripheral edema, anemia, pruritus, rash and lower respiratory tract infection. None of the 5 patients in the phase 2 study with ASM discontinued Gleevec due to drug-related adverse reactions or abnormal laboratory values.

Hypereosinophilic Syndrome and Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia

The safety profile in the HES/CEL patient population does not appear to be different from the safety profile of Gleevec observed in other hematologic malignancy populations, such as Ph+ CML. All patients experienced at least one adverse reaction, the most common being gastrointestinal, cutaneous and musculoskeletal disorders. Hematological abnormalities were also frequent, with instances of CTC Grade 3 leukopenia, neutropenia, lymphopenia and anemia.

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Adverse reactions, regardless of relationship to study drug, that were reported in at least 10% of the 12 patients treated with Gleevec for DFSP in the phase 2 study are shown in Table 7.

Table 7 : Adverse Reactions Reported in DFSP Patients in the Phase 2 Study ( ≥ 10% All Patients) All Grades

Preferred term N=12 n (%)
Nausea 5 (41.7)
Diarrhea 3 (25.0)
Vomiting 3 (25.0)
Periorbital Edema 4 (33.3)
Face Edema 2 (16.7)
Rash 3 (25.0)
Fatigue 5 (41.7)
Edema Peripheral 4 (33.3)
Pyrexia 2 (16.7)
Eye Edema 4 (33.3)
Lacrimation Increased 3 (25.0)
Dyspnea Exertional 2 (16.7)
Anemia 3 (25.0)
Rhinitis 2 (16.7)
Anorexia 2 (16.7)

Clinically relevant or severe laboratory abnormalities in the 12 patients treated with Gleevec for DFSP in the phase 2 study are presented in Table 8.

Table 8 : Laboratory Abnormalities Reported in DFSP Patients in the Phase 2 Study

CTC Grades1 N=12
Grade 3 Grade 4
Hematology Parameters
- Anemia 17 % 0 %
- Thrombocytopenia 17 % 0 %
- Neutropenia 0 % 8 %
Biochemistry Parameters
- Elevated Creatinine 0 % 8 %
1CTC Grades: neutropenia (Grade 3 ≥ 0.5-1.0 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 0.5 x 109/L), thrombocytopenia (Grade 3 ≥ 10 - 50 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 10 x 109/L), anemia (Grade 3 ≥ 65-80 g/L, Grade 4 < 65 g/L), elevated creatinine (Grade 3 > 3-6 x upper limit normal range [ULN], Grade 4 > 6 x ULN),

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Unresectable and/or Malignant Metastatic GIST

In the Phase 3 trials the majority of Gleevec-treated patients experienced adverse reactions at some time. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were edema, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, rash, vomiting, myalgia, anemia and anorexia. Drug was discontinued for adverse reactions in a total of 89 patients (5.4%). Superficial edema, most frequently periorbital or lower extremity edema was managed with diuretics, other supportive measures, or by reducing the dose of Gleevec [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. Severe (CTC Grade 3/4) edema was observed in 182 patients (11.1%).

Adverse reactions, regardless of relationship to study drug, that were reported in at least 10% of the patients treated with Gleevec are shown in Table 9.

Overall the incidence of all grades of adverse reactions and the incidence of severe adverse reactions (CTC Grade 3 and above) were similar between the two treatment arms except for edema, which was reported more frequently in the 800 mg group.

Table 9 :Number (%) of Patients with Adverse Reactions where Frequency is ≥ 10% in any One Group (Full Analysis Set) in the Phase 3 Unresectable and/or Malignant Metastatic GIST Clinical Trials

Reported or Specified Term Imatinib 400 mg N=818 Imatinib 800 mg N=822
All Grades % Grades 3/4/5 % All Grades % Grades 3/4/5 %
Edema 76.7 9.0 86.1 13.1
Fatigue/lethargy, malaise, asthenia 69.3 11.7 74.9 12.2
Nausea 58.1 9.0 64.5 7.8
Abdominal pain/cramping 57.2 13.8 55.2 11.8
Diarrhea 56.2 8.1 58.2 8.6
Rash/desquamation 38.1 7.6 49.8 8.9
Vomiting 37.4 9.2 40.6 7.5
Myalgia 32.2 5.6 30.2 3.8
Anemia 32.0 4.9 34.8 6.4
Anorexia 31.1 6.6 35.8 4.7
Other GI toxicity 25.2 8.1 28.1 6.6
Headache 22.0 5.7 19.7 3.6
Other pain (excluding tumor related pain) 20.4 5.9 20.8 5.0
Other dermatology /skin toxicity 17.6 5.9 20.1 5.7
Leukopenia 17.0 0.7 19.6 1.6
Other constitutional symptoms 16.7 6.4 15.2 4.4
Cough 16.1 4.5 14.5 3.2
Infection (without neutropenia) 15.5 6.6 16.5 5.6
Pruritus 15.4 5.4 18.9 4.3
Other neurological toxicity 15.0 6.4 15.2 4.9
Constipation 14.8 5.1 14.4 4.1
Other renal/genitourinary toxicity 14.2 6.5 13.6 5.2
Arthralgia (joint pain) 13.6 4.8 12.3 3.0
Dyspnea (shortness of breath) 13.6 6.8 14.2 5.6
Fever in absence of neutropenia (ANC < 1.0 x 109/L) 13.2 4.9 12.9 3.4
Sweating 12.7 4.6 8.5 2.8
Other hemorrhage 12.3 6.7 13.3 6.1
Weight gain 12.0 1.0 10.6 0.6
Alopecia 11.9 4.3 14.8 3.2
Dyspepsia/heartburn 11.5 0.6 10.9 0.5
Neutropenia/ granulocytopenia 11.5 3.1 16.1 4.1
Rigors/chills 11.0 4.6 10.2 3.0
Dizziness/ lightheadedness 11.0 4.8 10.0 2.8
Creatinine increase 10.8 0.4 10.1 0.6
Flatulence 10.0 0.2 10.1 0.1
Stomatitis/pharyngitis (oral/pharyngeal mucositis) 9.2 5.4 10.0 4.3
Lymphopenia 6.0 0.7 10.1 1.9

Clinically relevant or severe abnormalities of routine hematologic or biochemistry laboratory values were not reported or evaluated in the Phase 3 GIST trials. Severe abnormal laboratory values reported in the Phase 2 GIST trial are presented in Table 10.

Table 10 : Laboratory Abnormalities in the Phase 2 Unresectable and/or Malignant Metastatic GIST Trial

CTC Grades1 400 mg (n=73) % 600 mg (n=74) %
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 3 Grade 4
Hematology Parameters
- Anemia 3 0 8 1
- Thrombocytopenia 0 0 1 0
- Neutropenia 7 3 8 3
Biochemistry Parameters
- Elevated Creatinine 0 0 3 0
- Reduced Albumin 3 0 4 0
- Elevated Bilirubin 1 0 1 3
- Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase 0 0 3 0
- Elevated SGOT (AST) 4 0 3 3
- Elevated SGPT (ALT) 6 0 7 1
1CTC Grades: neutropenia (Grade 3 ≥ 0.5-1.0 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 0.5 x 109/L), thrombocytopenia (Grade 3 ≥ 10 - 50 x 109/L, Grade 4 < 10 x 109/L), anemia (Grade 3 ≥ 65-80 g/L, Grade 4 < 65 g/L), elevated creatinine (Grade 3 > 3-6 x upper limit normal range [ULN], Grade 4 > 6 x ULN), elevated bilirubin (Grade 3 > 3-10 x ULN, Grade 4 > 10 x ULN), elevated alkaline phosphatase, SGOT or SGPT (Grade 3 > 5-20 x ULN, Grade 4 > 20 x ULN), albumin (Grade 3 < 20 g/L)

 Adjuvant Treatment of GIST

The majority of both Gleevec and placebo treated patients experienced at least one adverse reaction at some time. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were similar to those reported in other clinical studies in other patient populations and include diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, edema, decreased hemoglobin, rash, vomiting and abdominal pain. No new adverse reactions were reported in the adjuvant GIST treatment setting that had not been previously reported in other patient populations including patients with unresectable and/or malignant metastatic GIST. Drug was discontinued for adverse reactions in 57 patients (17%) and 11 patients (3%) of the Gleevec and placebo treated patients respectively. Edema, gastrointestinal disturbances (nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention and diarrhea), fatigue, low hemoglobin and rash were the most frequently reported adverse reactions at the time of discontinuation.

Adverse reactions, regardless of relationship to study drug, that were reported in at least 5% of the patients treated with Gleevec are shown in Table 11.

Table 11: Adverse Reactions Reported in the Adjuvant GIST Trial ( ≥ 5% of Gleevec Treated Patients)(1)

Preferred Term All CTC Grades CTC Grade 3 and above
Gleevec
(n=337)
%
Placebo
(n=345)
%
Gleevec
(n=337)
%
Placebo
(n=345)
%
Diarrhea 59.3 29.3 3.0 1.4
Fatigue 57.0 40.9 2.1 1.2
Nausea 53.1 27.8 2.4 1.2
Periorbital Edema 47.2 14.5 1.2 0
Hemoglobin Decreased 46.9 27.0 0.6 0
Peripheral Edema 26.7 14.8 0.3 0
Rash (Exfoliative) 26.1 12.8 2.7 0
Vomiting 25.5 13.9 2.4 0.6
Abdominal Pain 21.1 22.3 3.0 1.4
Headache 19.3 20.3 0.6 0
Dyspepsia 17.2 13.0 0.9 0
Anorexia 16.9 8.7 0.3 0
Weight Increased 16.9 11.6 0.3 0
Liver enzymes (ALT) Increased 16.6 13.0 2.7 0
Muscle spasms 16.3 3.3 0 0
Neutrophil Count Decreased 16.0 6.1 3.3 0.9
Arthralgia 15.1 14.5 0 0.3
White Blood Cell Count Decreased 14.5 4.3 0.6 0.3
Constipation 12.8 17.7 0 0.3
Dizziness 12.5 10.7 0 0.3
Liver Enzymes (AST) Increased 12.2 7.5 2.1 0
Myalgia 12.2 11.6 0 0.3
Blood Creatinine Increased 11.6 5.8 0 0.3
Cough 11.0 11.3 0 0
Pruritus 11.0 7.8 0.9 0
Weight Decreased 10.1 5.2 0 0
Hyperglycemia 9.8 11.3 0.6 1.7
Insomnia 9.8 7.2 0.9 0
Lacrimation Increased 9.8 3.8 0 0
Alopecia 9.5 6.7 0 0
Flatulence 8.9 9.6 0 0
Rash 8.9 5.2 0.9 0
Abdominal Distension 7.4 6.4 0.3 0.3
Back Pain 7.4 8.1 0.6 0
Pain in Extremity 7.4 7.2 0.3 0
Hypokalemia 7.1 2.0 0.9 0.6
Depression 6.8 6.4 0.9 0.6
Facial Edema 6.8 1.2 0.3 0
Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased 6.5 7.5 0 0
Dry skin 6.5 5.2 0 0
Dysgeusia 6.5 2.9 0 0
Abdominal Pain Upper 6.2 6.4 0.3 0
Neuropathy Peripheral 5.9 6.4 0 0
Hypocalcemia 5.6 1.7 0.3 0
Leukopenia 5.0 2.6 0.3 0
Platelet Count Decreased 5.0 3.5 0 0
Stomatitis 5.0 1.7 0.6 0
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 5.0 3.5 0 0
Vision Blurred 5.0 2.3 0 0
(1)All adverse reactions occurring in ≥ 5% of patients are listed regardless of suspected relationship to treatment. A patient with multiple occurrences of an adverse reaction is counted only once in the adverse reaction category.

Additional Data from Multiple Clinical Trials

The following adverse reactions have been reported during clinical trials of Gleevec.

Cardiac Disorders:

Estimated 0.1%-1%: congestive cardiac failure, tachycardia, palpitations, pulmonary edema,

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, pericardial effusion

Vascular Disorders:

Estimated 1%-10%: flushing, hemorrhage

Estimated 0.1%-1%: hypertension, hypotension, peripheral coldness, Raynauds phenomenon, hematoma,

Clinical Laboratory Tests:

Estimated 0.1%-1%: blood CPK increased, blood LDH increased,

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: blood amylase increased

Dermatologic:

Estimated 1%-10%: dry skin, alopecia, face edema, erythema, photosensitivity reaction, Estimated 0.1%-1%: exfoliative dermatitis, bullous eruption, nail disorder, purpura, psoriasis, rash pustular, contusion, sweating increased, urticaria, ecchymosis, increased tendency to bruise, hypotrichosis, skin hypopigmentation, skin hyperpigmentation, onychoclasis, folliculitis, petechiae

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: vesicular rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis (Sweet's syndrome), nail discoloration, angioneurotic edema, erythema multiforme, leucocytoclastic vasculitis

Digestive:

Estimated 1%-10%: abdominal distention, gastroesophageal reflux, dry mouth, gastritis

Estimated 0.1%-1%: gastric ulcer, stomatitis, mouth ulceration, eructation, melena, esophagitis, ascites, hematemesis, chelitis, dysphagia, pancreatitis,

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: colitis, ileus, inflammatory bowel disease,

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions:

Estimated 1%-10%: weakness, anasarca, chills

Estimated 0.1%-1%: malaise

Hematologic:

Estimated 1%-10%: pancytopenia, febrile neutropenia

Estimated 0.1%-1%: thrombocythemia, lymphopenia, bone marrow depression, eosinophilia, lymphadenopathy

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia

Hepatobiliary:

Estimated 0.1%-1%: hepatitis, jaundice

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: hepatic failure and hepatic necrosis1

Hypersensitivity:

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: angioedema Infections:

Estimated 0.1%-1%: sepsis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, cellulitis, urinary tract infection, gastroenteritis

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: fungal infection

Metabolic and Nutritional:

Estimated 1%-10%: weight decreased

Estimated 0.1%-1%: hypophosphatemia, dehydration, gout, increased appetite, decreased appetite, hyperuricemia, hypercalcemia, hyperglycemia, hyponatremia

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: hyperkalemia, hypomagnesemia

Musculoskeletal:

Estimated 1%-10%: joint swelling

Estimated 0.1%-1%: joint and muscle stiffness

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: muscular weakness, arthritis

Nervous System/Psychiatric:

Estimated 1%-10%: paresthesia, hypesthesia

Estimated 0.1%-1%: syncope, peripheral neuropathy, somnolence, migraine, memory impairment, libido decreased, sciatica, restless leg syndrome, tremor

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: increased intracranial pressure1, confusional state, convulsions, optic neuritis

Renal:

Estimated 0.1%-1%: renal failure acute, urinary frequency increased, hematuria, renal pain

Reproductive: Estimated 0.1%-1%: breast enlargement, menorrhagia, sexual dysfunction, gynecomastia, erectile dysfunction, menstruation irregular, nipple pain, scrotal edema

Respiratory: Estimated 1%-10%: epistaxis

Estimated 0.1%-1%: pleural effusion

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleuritic pain, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary hemorrhage

Special Senses:

Estimated 1%-10%: conjunctivitis, vision blurred, eyelid edema, conjunctival hemorrhage, dry eye

Estimated 0.1%-1%: vertigo, tinnitus, eye irritation, eye pain, orbital edema, scleral hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage, blepharitis, macular edema, hearing loss

Estimated 0.01%-0.1%: papilledema1, glaucoma, cataract

1Including some fatalities

Postmarketing Experience

The following additional adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of Gleevec. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Nervous system disorders: cerebral edema1

Eye disorders: vitreous hemorrhage

Cardiac disorders: pericarditis, cardiac tamponade1

Vascular disorders: thrombosis/embolism, anaphylactic shock

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: acute respiratory failure1, interstitial lung disease

Gastrointestinal disorders: ileus/intestinal obstruction, tumor hemorrhage/tumor necrosis, gastrointestinal perforation1 [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], diverticulitis

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: lichenoid keratosis, lichen planus, toxic epidermal necrolysis, palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia syndrome

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: avascular necrosis/hip osteonecrosis, rhabdomyolysis/myopathy, growth retardation in children

Reproduction disorders: hemorrhagic corpus luteum/hemorrhagic ovarian cyst

1Including some fatalities

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DRUG INTERACTIONS

Agents Inducing CYP3A Metabolism

Pretreatment of healthy volunteers with multiple doses of rifampin followed by a single dose of Gleevec, increased Gleevec oral-dose clearance by 3.8-fold, which significantly (p < 0.05) decreased mean Cmax and AUC.

Similar findings were observed in patients receiving 400-1200 mg/day Gleevec concomitantly with enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAED) (e.g., carbamazepine, oxcarbamazepine, phenytoin, fosphenytoin, phenobarbital, and primidone). The mean dose normalized AUC for imatinib in the patients receiving EIAED's decreased by 73% compared to patients not receiving EIAED.

Concomitant administration of Gleevec and St. John's Wort led to a 30% reduction in the AUC of imatinib.

Consider alternative therapeutic agents with less enzyme induction potential in patients when rifampin or other CYP3A4 inducers are indicated. Gleevec doses up to 1200 mg/day (600 mg BID) have been given to patients receiving concomitant strong CYP3A4 inducers. [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Agents Inhibiting CYP3A Metabolism

There was a significant increase in exposure to imatinib (mean Cmax and AUC increased by 26% and 40%, respectively) in healthy subjects when Gleevec was co-administered with a single dose of ketoconazole (a CYP3A4 inhibitor). Caution is recommended when administering Gleevec with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, atazanavir, indinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, and voriconazole). Grapefruit juice may also increase plasma concentrations of imatinib and should be avoided. Substances that inhibit the cytochrome P450 isoenzyme (CYP3A4) activity may decrease metabolism and increase imatinib concentrations.

Interactions with Drugs Metabolized by CYP3A4

Gleevec increases the mean Cmax and AUC of simvastatin (CYP3A4 substrate) 2- and 3.5-fold, respectively, suggesting an inhibition of the CYP3A4 by Gleevec. Particular caution is recommended when administering Gleevec with CYP3A4 substrates that have a narrow therapeutic window (e.g., alfentanil, cyclosporine, diergotamine, ergotamine, fentanyl, pimozide, quinidine, sirolimus or tacrolimus).

Gleevec will increase plasma concentration of other CYP3A4 metabolized drugs (e.g., triazolo-benzodiazepines, dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, certain HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, etc.).

Because warfarin is metabolized by CYP2C9 and CYP3A4, patients who require anticoagulation should receive low-molecular weight or standard heparin instead of warfarin.

Interactions with Drugs Metabolized by CYP2D6

Gleevec increased the mean Cmax and AUC of metoprolol by approximately 23% suggesting that Gleevec has a weak inhibitory effect on CYP2D6-mediated metabolism. No dose adjustment is necessary, however, caution is recommended when administering Gleevec with CYP2D6 substrates that have a narrow therapeutic window.

Interaction with Acetaminophen

In vitro, Gleevec inhibits the acetaminophen O-glucuronidate pathway (Ki 58.5 μM) . Co-administration of Gleevec (400 mg/day for eight days) with acetaminophen (1000 mg single dose on day eight) in patients with CML did not result in any changes in the pharmacokinetics of acetaminophen. Gleevec pharmacokinetics were not altered in the presence of single-dose acetaminophen. There is no pharmacokinetic or safety data on the concomitant use of Gleevec at doses > 400 mg/day or the chronic use of concomitant acetaminophen and Gleevec.

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WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

Fluid Retention and Edema

Gleevec is often associated with edema and occasionally serious fluid retention [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Patients should be weighed and monitored regularly for signs and symptoms of fluid retention. An unexpected rapid weight gain should be carefully investigated and appropriate treatment provided. The probability of edema was increased with higher Gleevec dose and age > 65 years in the CML studies. Severe superficial edema was reported in 1.5% of newly diagnosed CML patients taking Gleevec, and in 2%-6% of other adult CML patients taking Gleevec. In addition, other severe fluid retention (e.g., pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, pulmonary edema, and ascites) reactions were reported in 1.3% of newly diagnosed CML patients taking Gleevec, and in 2%-6% of other adult CML patients taking Gleevec. Severe fluid retention was reported in 9% to 13.1% of patients taking Gleevec for GIST [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Hematologic Toxicity

Treatment with Gleevec is associated with anemia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia. Complete blood counts should be performed weekly for the first month, biweekly for the second month, and periodically thereafter as clinically indicated (for example, every 2-3 months). In CML, the occurrence of these cytopenias is dependent on the stage of disease and is more frequent in patients with accelerated phase CML or blast crisis than in patients with chronic phase CML. In pediatric CML patients the most frequent toxicities observed were Grade 3 or 4 cytopenias including neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and anemia. These generally occur within the first several months of therapy [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Severe Congestive Heart Failure and Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Severe congestive heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction have occasionally been reported in patients taking Gleevec. Most of the patients with reported cardiac reactions have had other co-morbidities and risk factors, including advanced age and previous medical history of cardiac disease. In an international randomized phase 3 study in 1,106 patients with newly diagnosed Ph+ CML in chronic phase, severe cardiac failure and left ventricular dysfunction were observed in 0.7% of patients taking Gleevec compared to 0.9% of patients taking IFN + Ara-C. Patients with cardiac disease or risk factors for cardiac failure should be monitored carefully and any patient with signs or symptoms consistent with cardiac failure should be evaluated and treated.

Hepatotoxicity

Hepatotoxicity, occasionally severe, may occur with Gleevec [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Cases of fatal liver failure and severe liver injury requiring liver transplants have been reported with both short-term and long-term use of Gleevec. Liver function (transaminases, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase) should be monitored before initiation of treatment and monthly, or as clinically indicated. Laboratory abnormalities should be managed with Gleevec interruption and/or dose reduction [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

When Gleevec is combined with chemotherapy, liver toxicity in the form of transaminase elevation and hyperbilirubinemia has been observed. Additionally, there have been reports of acute liver failure. Monitoring of hepatic function is recommended.

Hemorrhage

In the newly diagnosed CML trial, 1.8% of patients had Grade 3/4 hemorrhage. In the Phase 3 unresectable or metastatic GIST studies 211 patients (12.9%) reported Grade 3/4 hemorrhage at any site. In the Phase 2 unresectable or metastatic GIST study 7 patients (5%) had a total of 8 CTC Grade 3/4 hemorrhages; gastrointestinal (GI) (3 patients), intra-tumoral (3 patients) or both (1 patient). Gastrointestinal tumor sites may have been the source of GI hemorrhages.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Gleevec is sometimes associated with GI irritation. Gleevec should be taken with food and a large glass of water to minimize this problem. There have been rare reports, including fatalities, of gastrointestinal perforation.

Hypereosinophilic Cardiac Toxicity

In patients with hypereosinophilic syndrome and cardiac involvement, cases of cardiogenic shock/left ventricular dysfunction have been associated with the initiation of Gleevec therapy. The condition was reported to be reversible with the administration of systemic steroids, circulatory support measures and temporarily withholding Gleevec. Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease and systemic mastocytosis may be associated with high eosinophil levels. Performance of an echocardiogram and determination of serum troponin should therefore be considered in patients with HES/CEL, and in patients with MDS/MPD or ASM associated with high eosinophil levels. If either is abnormal, the prophylactic use of systemic steroids (1-2 mg/kg) for one to two weeks concomitantly with Gleevec should be considered at the initiation of therapy.

Dermatologic Toxicities

Bullous dermatologic reactions, including erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, have been reported with use of Gleevec. In some cases of bullous dermatologic reactions, including erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome reported during postmarketing surveillance, a recurrent dermatologic reaction was observed upon re-challenge. Several foreign post-marketing reports have described cases in which patients tolerated the reintroduction of Gleevec therapy after resolution or improvement of the bullous reaction. In these instances, Gleevec was resumed at a dose lower than that at which the reaction occurred and some patients also received concomitant treatment with corticosteroids or antihistamines.

Hypothyroidism

Clinical cases of hypothyroidism have been reported in thyroidectomy patients undergoing levothyroxine replacement during treatment with Gleevec. TSH levels should be closely monitored in such patients.

Toxicities from Long-Term Use

It is important to consider potential toxicities suggested by animal studies, specifically, liver, kidney and cardiac toxicity and immunosuppression. Severe liver toxicity was observed in dogs treated for 2 weeks, with elevated liver enzymes, hepatocellular necrosis, bile duct necrosis, and bile duct hyperplasia. Renal toxicity was observed in monkeys treated for 2 weeks, with focal mineralization and dilation of the renal tubules and tubular nephrosis. Increased BUN and creatinine were observed in several of these animals. An increased rate of opportunistic infections was observed with chronic imatinib treatment in laboratory animal studies. In a 39-week monkey study, treatment with imatinib resulted in worsening of normally suppressed malarial infections in these animals. Lymphopenia was observed in animals (as in humans). Additional long-term toxicities were identified in a 2-year rat study. Histopathological examination of the treated rats that died on study revealed cardiomyopathy (both sexes), chronic progressive nephropathy (females) and preputial gland papilloma as principal causes of death or reasons for sacrifice. Non-neoplastic lesions seen in this 2-year study which were not identified in earlier preclinical studies were the cardiovascular system, pancreas, endocrine organs and teeth. The most important changes included cardiac hypertrophy and dilatation, leading to signs of cardiac insufficiency in some animals.

Use in Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category D

Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant while taking Gleevec. Sexually active female patients taking Gleevec should use adequate contraception. Imatinib mesylate was teratogenic in rats when administered during organogenesis at doses approximately equal to the maximum human dose of 800 mg/day based on body surface area.. Significant post-implantation loss was seen in female rats administered imatinib mesylate at doses approximately one-half the maximum human dose of 800 mg/day based on body surface area. [ see Use In Specific Populations]

Children and Adolescents

Growth retardation has been reported in children and pre-adolescents receiving Gleevec. The long term effects of prolonged treatment with Gleevec on growth in children are unknown. Therefore, close monitoring of growth in children under Gleevec treatment is recommended. [see Postmarketing Experience]

Tumor Lysis Syndrome

Cases of Tumor Lysis Syndrome (TLS), including fatal cases, have been reported in patients with CML, GIST, ALL and eosinophilic leukemia receiving Gleevec. The patients at risk of TLS are those with tumors having a high proliferative rate or high tumor burden prior to treatment. These patients should be monitored closely and appropriate precautions taken.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

In the 2-year rat carcinogenicity study administration of imatinib at 15, 30 and 60 mg/kg/day resulted in a statistically significant reduction in the longevity of males at 60 mg/kg/day and females at ≥ 30 mg/kg/day. Target organs for neoplastic changes were the kidneys (renal tubule and renal pelvis), urinary bladder, urethra, preputial and clitoral gland, small intestine, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and non-glandular stomach. Neoplastic lesions were not seen at: 30 mg/kg/day for the kidneys, urinary bladder, urethra, small intestine, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and non-glandular stomach, and 15 mg/kg/day for the preputial and clitoral gland. The papilloma/carcinoma of the preputial/clitoral gland were noted at 30 and 60 mg/kg/day, representing approximately 0.5 to 4 or 0.3 to 2.4 times the human daily exposure (based on AUC) at 400 mg/day or 800 mg/day, respectively, and 0.4 to 3.0 times the daily exposure in children (based on AUC) at 340 mg/m². The renal tubule adenoma/carcinoma, renal pelvis transitional cell neoplasms, the urinary bladder and urethra transitional cell papillomas, the small intestine adenocarcinomas, the parathyroid glands adenomas, the benign and malignant medullary tumors of the adrenal glands and the non-glandular stomach papillomas/carcinomas were noted at 60 mg/kg/day. The relevance of these findings in the rat carcinogenicity study for humans is not known.

Positive genotoxic effects were obtained for imatinib in an in vitro mammalian cell assay (Chinese hamster ovary) for clastogenicity (chromosome aberrations) in the presence of metabolic activation. Two intermediates of the manufacturing process, which are also present in the final product, are positive for mutagenesis in the Ames assay. One of these intermediates was also positive in the mouse lymphoma assay. Imatinib was not genotoxic when tested in an in vitro bacterial cell assay (Ames test), an in vitro mammalian cell assay (mouse lymphoma) and an in vivo rat micronucleus assay.

In a study of fertility, male rats were dosed for 70 days prior to mating and female rats were dosed 14 days prior to mating and through to gestational Day 6. Testicular and epididymal weights and percent motile sperm were decreased at 60 mg/kg, approximately three-fourths the maximum clinical dose of 800 mg/day based on body surface area. This was not seen at doses ≤ 20 mg/kg (one-fourth the maximum human dose of 800 mg). The fertility of male and female rats was not affected.

In a pre- and post-natal development study in female rats dosed with imatinib mesylate at 45 mg/kg (approximately one-half the maximum human dose of 800 mg/day, based on body surface area) from gestational Day 6 until the end of lactation, red vaginal discharge was noted on either gestational Day 14 or 15.

In the first generation offspring at this same dose level, mean body weights were reduced from birth until terminal sacrifice. First generation offspring fertility was not affected but reproductive effects were noted at 45 mg/kg/day including an increased number of resorptions and a decreased number of viable fetuses.

Fertility was not affected in the preclinical fertility and early embryonic development study although lower testes and epididymal weights as well as a reduced number of motile sperm were observed in the high dose males rats. In the preclinical pre- and postnatal study in rats, fertility in the first generation offspring was also not affected by Gleevec.

Human studies on male patients receiving Gleevec and its affect on male fertility and spermatogenesis have not been performed. Male patients concerned about their fertility on Gleevec treatment should consult with their physician.

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category D [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Gleevec can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Imatinib mesylate was teratogenic in rats when administered during organogenesis at doses ≥ 100 mg/kg (approximately equal to the maximum human dose of 800 mg/day based on body surface area). Teratogenic effects included exencephaly or encephalocele, absent/reduced frontal and absent parietal bones. Female rats administered doses ≥ 45 mg/kg (approximately one-half the maximum human dose of 800 mg/day based on body surface area) also experienced significant post-implantation loss as evidenced by either early fetal resorption or stillbirths, nonviable pups and early pup mortality between postpartum Days 0 and 4. At doses higher than 100 mg/kg, total fetal loss was noted in all animals. Fetal loss was not seen at doses ≤ 30 mg/kg (one-third the maximum human dose of 800 mg).

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with Gleevec in pregnant women. Women should be advised not to become pregnant when taking Gleevec. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers

Imatinib and its active metabolite are excreted into human milk. Based on data from three breastfeeding women taking Gleevec, the milk:plasma ratio is about 0.5 for imatinib and about 0.9 for the active metabolite. Considering the combined concentration of imatinib and active metabolite, a breastfed infant could receive up to 10 % of the maternal therapeutic dose based on body weight. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from Gleevec, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Pediatric Use

Gleevec safety and efficacy have been demonstrated in children with newly diagnosed Ph+ chronic phase CML. There are no data in children under 2 years of age.

As in adult patients, imatinib was rapidly absorbed after oral administration in pediatric patients, with a Cmax of 2-4 hours. Apparent oral clearance was similar to adult values (11.0 L/hr/m² in children vs. 10.0 L/hr/m² in adults), as was the half-life (14.8 hours in children vs. 17.1 hours in adults). Dosing in children at both 260 mg/m² and 340 mg/m² achieved an AUC similar to the 400 mg dose in adults. The comparison of AUC on Day 8 vs. Day 1 at 260 mg/m² and 340 mg/m² dose levels revealed a 1.5- and 2.2-fold drug accumulation, respectively, after repeated once-daily dosing. Mean imatinib AUC did not increase proportionally with increasing dose.

Geriatric Use

In the CML clinical studies, approximately 20% of patients were older than 65 years. In the study of patients with newly diagnosed CML, 6% of patients were older than 65 years. No difference was observed in the safety profile in patients older than 65 years as compared to younger patients, with the exception of a higher frequency of edema [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. The efficacy of Gleevec was similar in older and younger patients.

In the unresectable or metastatic GIST study, 16% of patients were older than 65 years. No obvious differences in the safety or efficacy profile were noted in patients older than 65 years as compared to younger patients, but the small number of patients does not allow a formal analysis.

In the adjuvant GIST study, 221 patients (31%) were older than 65 years. No difference was observed in the safety profile in patients older than 65 years as compared to younger patients, with the exception of a higher frequency of edema. The efficacy of Gleevec was similar in patients older than 65 years and younger patients.

Hepatic Impairment

The effect of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of both imatinib and its major metabolite, CGP74588, was assessed in 84 cancer patients with varying degrees of hepatic impairment (Table 12) at imatinib doses ranging from 100-800 mg. Exposure to both imatinib and CGP74588 was comparable between each of the mildly and moderately hepatically-impaired groups and the normal group. Patients with severe hepatic impairment tend to have higher exposure to both imatinib and its metabolite than patients with normal hepatic function. At steady state, the mean Cmax/dose and AUC/dose for imatinib increased by about 63% and 45%, respectively, in patients with severe hepatic impairment compared to patients with normal hepatic function. The mean Cmax/dose and AUC/dose for CGP74588 increased by about 56% and 55%, respectively, in patients with severe hepatic impairment compared to patients with normal hepatic function [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Table 12 : Liver Function Classification

Liver Function Test Normal
(n=14)
Mild
(n=30)
Moderate
(n=20)
Severe
(n=20)
Total Bilirubin ≤ ULN > 1.0-1.5 x ULN > 1.5-3 x ULN > 3-10 x ULN
SGOT ≤ ULN > ULN (can be normal if Total Bilirubin is > ULN) Any Any
ULN=upper limit of normal for the institution

Renal Impairment

The effect of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of imatinib was assessed in 59 cancer patients with varying degrees of renal impairment (Table 13) at single and steady state imatinib doses ranging from 100 to 800 mg/day. The mean exposure to imatinib (dose normalized AUC) in patients with mild and moderate renal impairment increased 1.5- to 2-fold compared to patients with normal renal function. The AUCs did not increase for doses greater than 600 mg in patients with mild renal impairment. The AUCs did not increase for doses greater than 400 mg in patients with moderate renal impairment. Two patients with severe renal impairment were dosed with 100 mg/day and their exposures were similar to those seen in patients with normal renal function receiving 400 mg/day. Dose reductions are necessary for patients with moderate and severe renal impairment [See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. Table 13 Renal Function Classification

Table 13 : Renal Function Classification

Renal Dysfunction Renal Function Tests
Mild CrCL = 40-59 mL/min
Moderate CrCL = 20-39 mL/min
Severe CrCL = < 20 mL/min
CrCL = Creatinine Clearance

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OVERDOSE

Experience with doses greater than 800 mg is limited. Isolated cases of Gleevec overdose have been reported. In the event of overdosage, the patient should be observed and appropriate supportive treatment given.

Adult Overdose

1,200 to 1,600 mg (duration varying between 1 to 10 days): Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash erythema, edema, swelling, fatigue, muscle spasms, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia, abdominal pain, headache, decreased appetite.

1,800 to 3,200 mg (as high as 3,200 mg daily for 6 days): Weakness, myalgia, increased CPK, increased bilirubin, gastrointestinal pain.

6,400 mg (single dose): One case in the literature reported one patient who experienced nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, pyrexia, facial swelling, neutrophil count decreased, increase transaminases.

8 to 10 g (single dose): Vomiting and gastrointestinal pain have been reported.

A patient with myeloid blast crisis experienced Grade 1 elevations of serum creatinine, Grade 2 ascites and elevated liver transaminase levels, and Grade 3 elevations of bilirubin after inadvertently taking 1,200 mg of Gleevec daily for 6 days. Therapy was temporarily interrupted and complete reversal of all abnormalities occurred within 1 week. Treatment was resumed at a dose of 400 mg daily without recurrence of adverse reactions. Another patient developed severe muscle cramps after taking 1,600 mg of Gleevec daily for 6 days. Complete resolution of muscle cramps occurred following interruption of therapy and treatment was subsequently resumed. Another patient that was prescribed 400 mg daily, took 800 mg of Gleevec on Day 1 and 1,200 mg on Day 2. Therapy was interrupted, no adverse reactions occurred and the patient resumed therapy.

Pediatric Overdose

One 3 year-old male exposed to a single dose of 400 mg experienced vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia and another 3 year-old male exposed to a single dose of 980 mg experienced decreased white blood cell count and diarrhea.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

None

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CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism of Action

Imatinib mesylate is a protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor that inhibits the bcr-abl tyrosine kinase, the constitutive abnormal tyrosine kinase created by the Philadelphia chromosome abnormality in CML. Imatinib inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis in bcr-abl positive cell lines as well as fresh leukemic cells from Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia. Imatinib inhibits colony formation in assays using ex vivo peripheral blood and bone marrow samples from CML patients.

In vivo, imatinib inhibits tumor growth of bcr-abl transfected murine myeloid cells as well as bcr-abl positive leukemia lines derived from CML patients in blast crisis.

Imatinib is also an inhibitor of the receptor tyrosine kinases for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and stem cell factor (SCF), c-kit, and inhibits PDGF- and SCF-mediated cellular events. In vitro, imatinib inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis in GIST cells, which express an activating c-kit mutation.

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetics of Gleevec have been evaluated in studies in healthy subjects and in population pharmacokinetic studies in over 900 patients. The pharmacokinetics of Gleevec are similar in CML and GIST patients. Imatinib is well absorbed after oral administration with Cmax achieved within 2-4 hours post-dose. Mean absolute bioavailability is 98%. Following oral administration in healthy volunteers, the elimination half-lives of imatinib and its major active metabolite, the N-demethyl derivative (CGP74588), are approximately 18 and 40 hours, respectively. Mean imatinib AUC increases proportionally with increasing doses ranging from 25 mg-1,000 mg. There is no significant change in the pharmacokinetics of imatinib on repeated dosing, and accumulation is 1.5- to 2.5-fold at steady state when Gleevec is dosed once daily. At clinically relevant concentrations of imatinib, binding to plasma proteins in in vitro experiments is approximately 95%, mostly to albumin and α1-acid glycoprotein.

CYP3A4 is the major enzyme responsible for metabolism of imatinib. Other cytochrome P450 enzymes, such as CYP1A2, CYP2D6, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19, play a minor role in its metabolism. The main circulating active metabolite in humans is the N-demethylated piperazine derivative, formed predominantly by CYP3A4. It shows in vitro potency similar to the parent imatinib. The plasma AUC for this metabolite is about 15% of the AUC for imatinib. The plasma protein binding of N-demethylated metabolite CGP74588 is similar to that of the parent compound. Human liver microsome studies demonstrated that Gleevec is a potent competitive inhibitor of CYP2C9, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4/5 with Ki values of 27, 7.5 and 8 μM, respectively.

Imatinib elimination is predominately in the feces, mostly as metabolites. Based on the recovery of compound(s) after an oral 14C-labeled dose of imatinib, approximately 81% of the dose was eliminated within 7 days, in feces (68% of dose) and urine (13% of dose). Unchanged imatinib accounted for 25% of the dose (5% urine, 20% feces), the remainder being metabolites.

Typically, clearance of imatinib in a 50-year-old patient weighing 50 kg is expected to be 8 L/h, while for a 50-year-old patient weighing 100 kg the clearance will increase to 14 L/h. The inter-patient variability of 40% in clearance does not warrant initial dose adjustment based on body weight and/or age but indicates the need for close monitoring for treatment-related toxicity.

Clinical Studies

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Chronic Phase, Newly Diagnosed

An open-label, multicenter, international randomized Phase 3 study has been conducted in patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase. This study compared treatment with either single-agent Gleevec or a combination of interferon-alpha (IFN) plus cytarabine (Ara-C). Patients were allowed to cross over to the alternative treatment arm if they failed to show a complete hematologic response (CHR) at 6 months, a major cytogenetic response (MCyR) at 12 months, or if they lost a CHR or MCyR. Patients with increasing WBC or severe intolerance to treatment were also allowed to cross over to the alternative treatment arm with the permission of the study monitoring committee (SMC). In the Gleevec arm, patients were treated initially with 400 mg daily. Dose escalations were allowed from 400 mg daily to 600 mg daily, then from 600 mg daily to 800 mg daily. In the IFN arm, patients were treated with a target dose of IFN of 5 MIU/m²/day subcutaneously in combination with subcutaneous Ara-C 20 mg/m²/day for 10 days/month.

A total of 1,106 patients were randomized from 177 centers in 16 countries, 553 to each arm. Baseline characteristics were well balanced between the two arms. Median age was 51 years (range 18-70 years), with 21.9% of patients ≥ 60 years of age. There were 59% males and 41% females; 89.9% Caucasian and 4.7% Black patients. At the cut-off for this analysis (7 years after last patient had been recruited), the median duration of first-line treatment was 82 and 8 months in the Gleevec and IFN arm, respectively. The median duration of second-line treatment with Gleevec was 64 months. Sixty percent of patients randomized to Gleevec are still receiving first-line treatment. In these patients, the average dose of Gleevec was 403 mg ± 57 mg. Overall, in patients receiving first line Gleevec, the average daily dose delivered was 406 mg ± 76 mg. Due to discontinuations and cross-overs, only 2% of patients randomized to IFN were still on first-line treatment. In the IFN arm, withdrawal of consent (14%) was the most frequent reason for discontinuation of first-line therapy, and the most frequent reason for cross over to the Gleevec arm was severe intolerance to treatment (26%) and progression (14%).

The primary efficacy endpoint of the study was progression-free survival (PFS). Progression was defined as any of the following events: progression to accelerated phase or blast crisis (AP/BC), death, loss of CHR or MCyR, or in patients not achieving a CHR an increasing WBC despite appropriate therapeutic management. The protocol specified that the progression analysis would compare the intent to treat (ITT) population: patients randomized to receive Gleevec were compared with patients randomized to receive IFN. Patients that crossed over prior to progression were not censored at the time of cross-over, and events that occurred in these patients following cross-over were attributed to the original randomized treatment. The estimated rate of progression-free survival at 84 months in the ITT population was 81.2 % [95% CI: 78, 85] in the Gleevec arm and 60.6 % [56, 65] in the IFN arm (p < 0.0001, log-rank test), (Figure 1). With 7 years follow up there were 93 (16.8%) progression events in the Gleevec arm:37(6.7%) progression to AP/BC, 31(5.6%) loss of MCyR, 15 (2.7%) loss of CHR or increase in WBC and 10 (1.8% ) CML unrelated deaths. In contrast, there were 165 (29.8% ) events in the IFN+Ara-C arm of which 130 occurred during first-line treatment with IFN-Ara-C. The estimated rate of patients free of progression to accelerated phase (AP) or blast crisis (BC) at 84 months was 92.5 %[90, 95] in the Gleevec arm compared to the 85.1%, [82, 89] (p ≤ 0.001) in the IFN arm, (Figure 2). The annual rates of any progression events have decreased with time on therapy. The probability of remaining progression free at 60 months was 95% for patients who were in complete cytogenetic response (CCyR) with molecular response ( ≥ 3 log reduction in Bcr-Abl transcripts as measured by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction) at 12 months, compared to 89% for patients in complete cytogenetic response but without a major molecular response and 70% in patients who were not in complete cytogenetic response at this time point (p < 0.001).

Figure 1 : Progression Free Survival (ITT Principle)

Progression Free Survival - Illustration

Figure 2 : Time to Progression to AP or BC (ITT Principle)

Time to Progression to AP or BC - Illustration

A total of 71 (12.8%) and 85 (15.4%) patients died in the Gleevec and IFN+Ara-C group, respectively. At 84 months the estimated overall survival is 86.4% (83, 90) vs. 83.3% (80, 87) in the randomized Gleevec and the IFN+Ara-C group, respectively (p=0.073 log-rank test). The hazard ratio is 0.750 with 95% CI 0.547 – 1.028. This time-to-event endpoint may be affected by the high crossover rate from IFN+Ara-C to Gleevec. Major cytogenetic response, hematologic response, evaluation of minimal residual disease (molecular response), time to accelerated phase or blast crisis and survival were main secondary endpoints. Response data are shown in Table 14. Complete hematologic response, major cytogenetic response and complete cytogenetic response were also statistically significantly higher in the Gleevec arm compared to the IFN + Ara-C arm (no cross-over data considered for evaluation of responses). Median time to CCyR in the 454 responders was 6 months (range 2-64 months, 25th to 75th percentiles = 3 to 11 months) with 10% of responses seen only after 22 months of therapy).

Table 14 : Response in Newly Diagnosed CML Study (84-Month Data)

(Best Response Rate) Gleevec
n=553
IFN+Ara- C
n=553
Hematologic Response1
CHR Rate n (%) 534 (96.6%)* 313 (56.6%)*
[95% CI] [94.7%, 97.9%] [52.4%, 60.8%]
Cytogenetic Response2
Major Cytogenetic Response n (%) 472 (85.4 %)* 93 (16.8%)*
[95% CI] [82.1%, 88.2%] [13.8%, 20.2%]
Unconfirmed3 88.6%* 23.3%*
Complete Cytogenetic Response n (%) 413 (74.7%)* 36 (6.5%)*
[95% CI] [70.8, 78.3] [4.6, 8.9]
Unconfirmed3 82.5%* 11.6%*
*p < 0.001, Fischer's exact test
1Hematologic response criteria (all responses to be confirmed after ≥ 4 weeks): WBC < 10 x 109/L, platelet < 450 x 109/L, myelocyte + metamyelocyte < 5% in blood, no blasts and promyelocytes in blood, no extramedullary involvement.
2Cytogenetic response criteria (confirmed after ≥ 4 weeks): complete (0% Ph+ metaphases) or partial (1%-35%). A major response (0%-35%) combines both complete and partial responses.
3Unconfirmed cytogenetic response is based on a single bone marrow cytogenetic evaluation, therefore unconfirmed complete or partial cytogenetic responses might have had a lesser cytogenetic response on a subsequent bone marrow evaluation.

Molecular response was defined as follows

in the peripheral blood, after 12 months of therapy, reduction of ≥ 3 logarithms in the amount of bcr-abl transcripts (measured by real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR assay) over a standardized baseline. Molecular response was only evaluated in a subset of patients who had a complete cytogenetic response by 12 months or later (N = 333). The molecular response rate in patients who had a complete cytogenetic response in the Gleevec arm was 59% at 12 months and 72% at 24 months.

Physical, functional, and treatment-specific biologic response modifier scales from the FACT-BRM (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Biologic Response Modifier) instrument were used to assess patient-reported general effects of interferon toxicity in 1,067 patients with CML in chronic phase. After one month of therapy to six months of therapy, there was a 13%-21% decrease in median index from baseline in patients treated with IFN, consistent with increased symptoms of IFN toxicity. There was no apparent change from baseline in median index for patients treated with Gleevec.

Late Chronic Phase CML and Advanced Stage CML

Three international, open-label, single-arm phase 2 studies were conducted to determine the safety and efficacy of Gleevec in patients with Ph+ CML: 1) in the chronic phase after failure of IFN therapy, 2) in accelerated phase disease, or 3) in myeloid blast crisis. About 45% of patients were women and 6% were Black. In clinical studies 38%-40% of patients were ≥ 60 years of age and 10%-12% of patients were ≥ 70 years of age.

Chronic Phase, Prior Interferon-Alpha Treatment

532 patients were treated at a starting dose of 400 mg; dose escalation to 600 mg was allowed. The patients were distributed in three main categories according to their response to prior interferon: failure to achieve (within 6 months), or loss of a complete hematologic response (29%), failure to achieve (within 1 year) or loss of a major cytogenetic response (35%), or intolerance to interferon (36%). Patients had received a median of 14 months of prior IFN therapy at doses ≥ 25 x 106 IU/week and were all in late chronic phase, with a median time from diagnosis of 32 months. Effectiveness was evaluated on the basis of the rate of hematologic response and by bone marrow exams to assess the rate of major cytogenetic response (up to 35% Ph+ metaphases) or complete cytogenetic response (0% Ph+ metaphases). Median duration of treatment was 29 months with 81% of patients treated for ≥ 24 months (maximum = 31.5 months). Efficacy results are reported in Table 15. Confirmed major cytogenetic response rates were higher in patients with IFN intolerance (66%) and cytogenetic failure (64%), than in patients with hematologic failure (47%). Hematologic response was achieved in 98% of patients with cytogenetic failure, 94% of patients with hematologic failure, and 92% of IFN-intolerant patients.

Accelerated Phase

235 patients with accelerated phase disease were enrolled. These patients met one or more of the following criteria: ≥ 15%- < 30% blasts in PB or BM; ≥ 30% blasts + promyelocytes in PB or BM; ≥ 20% basophils in PB; and < 100 x 109/L platelets. The first 77 patients were started at 400 mg, with the remaining 158 patients starting at 600 mg.

Effectiveness was evaluated primarily on the basis of the rate of hematologic response, reported as either complete hematologic response, no evidence of leukemia (i.e., clearance of blasts from the marrow and the blood, but without a full peripheral blood recovery as for complete responses), or return to chronic phase CML. Cytogenetic responses were also evaluated. Median duration of treatment was 18 months with 45% of patients treated for ≥ 24 months (maximum=35 months). Efficacy results are reported in Table 15. Response rates in accelerated phase CML were higher for the 600 mg dose group than for the 400 mg group: hematologic response (75% vs. 64%), confirmed and unconfirmed major cytogenetic response (31% vs. 19%).

Myeloid Blast Crisis

260 patients with myeloid blast crisis were enrolled. These patients had ≥ 30% blasts in PB or BM and/or extramedullary involvement other than spleen or liver; 95 (37%) had received prior chemotherapy for treatment of either accelerated phase or blast crisis (“pretreated patients”) whereas 165 (63%) had not (“untreated patients”). The first 37 patients were started at 400 mg; the remaining 223 patients were started at 600 mg.

Effectiveness was evaluated primarily on the basis of rate of hematologic response, reported as either complete hematologic response, no evidence of leukemia, or return to chronic phase CML using the same criteria as for the study in accelerated phase. Cytogenetic responses were also assessed. Median duration of treatment was 4 months with 21% of patients treated for ≥ 12 months and 10% for ≥ 24 months (maximum=35 months). Efficacy results are reported in Table 15. The hematologic response rate was higher in untreated patients than in treated patients (36% vs. 22%, respectively) and in the group receiving an initial dose of 600 mg rather than 400 mg (33% vs. 16%). The confirmed and unconfirmed major cytogenetic response rate was also higher for the 600 mg dose group than for the 400 mg dose group (17% vs. 8%).

Table 15 : Response in CML Studies

  Chronic Phase IFN Failure (n=532) 400 mg Accelerated Phase (n=235) 600 mg n=158 400 mg n=77 Myeloid Blast Crisis (n=260) 600 mg n=223 400 mg n=37
% of patients [CI 95%]
Hematologic Response1 95% [92.3- 96.3] 71% [64.8-76.8] 31% [25.2- 36.8]
Complete Hematologic      
Response (CHR) 95% 38% 7%
No Evidence of Leukemia (NEL) Not applicable 13% 5%
Return to Chronic Phase (RTC) Not applicable 20% 18%
Major Cytogenetic Response2 60% [55.3- 63.8] 21% [16.2- 27.1] 7% [4.5 - 11.2]
(Unconfirmed3) (65%) (27%) (15%)
Complete4 (Unconfirmed3) 39% (47%) 16% (20%) 2% (7%)
1 Hematologic response criteria (all responses to be confirmed after ≥ 4 weeks): CHR:Chronic phase study [WBC < 10 x 109/L, platelet < 450 x 109/L, myelocytes + metamyelocytes < 5% in blood, no blasts and promyelocytes in blood, basophils < 20%, no extramedullary involvement] and in the accelerated and blast crisis studies [ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L, platelets ≥ 100 x 109/L, no blood blasts, BM blasts < 5% and no extramedullary disease]
NEL: Same criteria as for CHR but ANC ≥ 1 x 109/L and platelets ≥ 20 x 109/L (accelerated and blast crisis studies)
RTC: < 15% blasts BM and PB, < 30% blasts + promyelocytes in BM and PB, < 20% basophils in PB, no extramedullary disease other than spleen and liver (accelerated and blast crisis studies). BM=bone marrow, PB=peripheral blood
2 Cytogenetic response criteria (confirmed after ≥ 4 weeks): complete (0% Ph+ metaphases) or partial (1%-35%). A major response (0%-35%) combines both complete and partial responses.
3 Unconfirmed cytogenetic response is based on a single bone marrow cytogenetic evaluation, therefore unconfirmed complete or partial cytogenetic responses might have had a lesser cytogenetic response on a subsequent bone marrow evaluation. 4 Complete cytogenetic response confirmed by a second bone marrow cytogenetic evaluation performed at least 1 month after the initial bone marrow study.

The median time to hematologic response was 1 month. In late chronic phase CML, with a median time from diagnosis of 32 months, an estimated 87.8% of patients who achieved MCyR maintained their response 2 years after achieving their initial response. After 2 years of treatment, an estimated 85.4% of patients were free of progression to AP or BC, and estimated overall survival was 90.8% [88.3, 93.2]. In accelerated phase, median duration of hematologic response was 28.8 months for patients with an initial dose of 600 mg (16.5 months for 400 mg). An estimated 63.8% of patients who achieved MCyR were still in response 2 years after achieving initial response. The median survival was 20.9 [13.1, 34.4] months for the 400 mg group and was not yet reached for the 600 mg group (p=0.0097). An estimated 46.2% [34.7, 57.7] vs. 65.8% [58.4, 73.3] of patients were still alive after 2 years of treatment in the 400 mg vs. 600 mg dose groups, respectively. In blast crisis, the estimated median duration of hematologic response is 10 months. An estimated 27.2% [16.8, 37.7] of hematologic responders maintained their response 2 years after achieving their initial response. Median survival was 6.9 [5.8, 8.6] months, and an estimated 18.3% [13.4, 23.3] of all patients with blast crisis were alive 2 years after start of study.

Efficacy results were similar in men and women and in patients younger and older than age 65. Responses were seen in Black patients, but there were too few Black patients to allow a quantitative comparison.

Pediatric CML

A total of 51 pediatric patients with newly diagnosed and untreated CML in chronic phase were enrolled in an open-label, multicenter, single arm phase 2 trial. Patients were treated with Gleevec 340 mg/m²/day, with no interruptions in the absence of dose limiting toxicity. Complete hematologic response (CHR) was observed in 78% of patients after 8 weeks of therapy. The complete cytogenetic response rate (CCyR) was 65%, comparable to the results observed in adults. Additionally, partial cytogenetic response (PCyR) was observed in 16%. The majority of patients who achieved a CCyR developed the CCyR between months 3 and 10 with a median time to response based on the Kaplan-Meier estimate of 6.74 months. Patients were allowed to be removed from protocol therapy to undergo alternative therapy including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Thirty one children received stem cell transplantation. Of the 31 children, 5 were transplanted after disease progression on study and 1 withdrew from study during first week treatment and received transplant approximately 4 months after withdrawal. Twenty five children withdrew from protocol therapy to undergo stem cell transplant after receiving a median of 9 twenty-eight day courses (range 4 to 24). Of the 25 patients 13 (52%) had CCyR and 5 (20%) had PCyR at the end of protocol therapy.

One open-label, single-arm study enrolled 14 pediatric patients with Ph+ chronic phase CML recurrent after stem cell transplant or resistant to interferon-alpha therapy. These patients had not previously received Gleevec and ranged in age from 3-20 years old; 3 were 3-11 years old, 9 were 12-18 years old, and 2 were > 18 years old. Patients were treated at doses of 260 mg/m²/day (n=3), 340 mg/m²/day (n=4), 440 mg/m²/day (n=5) and 570 mg/m²/day (n=2). In the 13 patients for whom cytogenetic data are available, 4 achieved a major cytogenetic response, 7 achieved a complete cytogenetic response, and 2 had a minimal cytogenetic response.

In a second study, 2 of 3 patients with Ph+ chronic phase CML resistant to interferon-alpha therapy achieved a complete cytogenetic response at doses of 242 and 257 mg/m²/day.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

A total of 48 Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) patients with relapsed/refractory disease were studied, 43 of whom received the recommended Gleevec dose of 600 mg/day. In addition 2 patients with relapsed/refractory Ph+ ALL received Gleevec 600 mg/day in a phase 1 study.

Confirmed and unconfirmed hematologic and cytogenetic response rates for the 43 relapsed/refractory Ph+ALL phase 2 study patients and for the 2 phase 1 patients are shown in Table 16. The median duration of hematologic response was 3.4 months and the median duration of MCyR was 2.3 months.

Table 16 : Effect of Gleevec on Relapsed/Refractory Ph+ ALL.

  Phase 2 Study (N=43) Phase 1 Study (N=2)
CHR 8 (19%) 2 (100%)
NEL 5 (12%)  
RTC/PHR 11 (26%)  
MCyR 15 (35%)  
CCyR 9 (21%)  
PCyR 6 (14%)  

Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases

An open label, multicenter, phase 2 clinical trial was conducted testing Gleevec in diverse populations of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases associated with Abl, Kit or PDGFR protein tyrosine kinases. This study included 7 patients with MDS/MPD. These patients were treated with Gleevec 400 mg daily. The ages of the enrolled patients ranged from 20 to 86 years. A further 24 patients with MDS/MPD aged 2 to 79 years were reported in 12 published case reports and a clinical study. These patients also received Gleevec at a dose of 400 mg daily with the exception of three patients who received lower doses. Of the total population of 31 patients treated for MDS/MPD, 14 (45%) achieved a complete hematological response and 12 (39%) a major cytogenetic response (including 10 with a complete cytogenetic response). Sixteen patients had a translocation, involving chromosome 5q33 or 4q12, resulting in a PDGFR gene re-arrangement. All of these patients responded hematologically (13 completely). Cytogenetic response was evaluated in 12 out of 14 patients, all of whom responded (10 patients completely). Only 1(7%) out of the 14 patients without a translocation associated with PDGFR gene re-arrangement achieved a complete hematological response and none achieved a major cytogenetic response. A further patient with a PDGFR gene re-arrangement in molecular relapse after bone marrow transplant responded molecularly. Median duration of therapy was 12.9 months (0.8-26.7) in the 7 patients treated within the phase 2 study and ranged between 1 week and more than 18 months in responding patients in the published literature. Results are provided in Table 17. Response durations of phase 2 study patients ranged from 141+ days to 457+ days.

Table 17 : Response in MDS/MPD

  N Complete Hematologic Response N (%) Major Cytogenetic Response N (%)
Overall Population 31 14 (45) 12 (39)
Chromosome 5 Translocation 14 11 (79) 11 (79)
Chromosome 4 Translocation 2 2 (100) 1 (50)
Others / no Translocation 14 1 (7) 0 (0)
Molecular Relapse 1 NE1 NE1
1 NE: Not Evaluable

Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis

One open-label, multicenter, phase 2 study was conducted testing Gleevec in diverse populations of patients with life-threatening diseases associated with Abl, Kit or PDGFR protein tyrosine kinases. This study included 5 patients with aggressive systemic mastocytosis (ASM) treated with 100 mg to 400 mg of Gleevec daily. These 5 patients ranged from 49 to 74 years of age. In addition to these 5 patients, 10 published case reports and case series describe the use of Gleevec in 23 additional patients with ASM aged 26 to 85 years who also received 100 mg to 400 mg of Gleevec daily.

Cytogenetic abnormalities were evaluated in 20 of the 28 ASM patients treated with Gleevec from the published reports and in the phase 2 study. Seven of these 20 patients had the FIP1L1-PDGFRα fusion kinase (or CHIC2 deletion). Patients with this cytogenetic abnormality were predominantly males and had eosinophilia associated with their systemic mast cell disease. Two patients had a Kit mutation in the juxtamembrane region (one Phe522Cys and one K509I) and four patients had a D816V c-Kit mutation (not considered sensitive to Gleevec), one with concomitant CML.

Of the 28 patients treated for ASM, 8 (29%) achieved a complete hematologic response and 9 (32%) a partial hematologic response (61% overall response rate). Median duration of Gleevec therapy for the 5 ASM patients in the phase 2 study was 13 months (range 1.4-22.3 months) and between 1 month and more than 30 months in the responding patients described in the published medical literature. A summary of the response rates to Gleevec in ASM is provided in Table 18. Response durations of literature patients ranged from 1+ to 30+ months.

Table 18 : Response in ASM

Cytogenetic Abnormality Number of Patients Complete Hematologic Response N (%) Partial Hematologic Response N (%)
FIP1L1-PDGFRa Fusion Kinase (or CHIC2 Deletion) 7 7(100%) 0%
Juxtamembrane Mutation 2 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
Unknown or No Cytogenetic Abnormality Detected 15 0(0%) 7 (44%)
D816V Mutation 4 1* (25%) 0%
Total 28 8 (29%) 9 (32%)
* Patient had concomitant CML and ASM

 Gleevec has not been shown to be effective in patients with less aggressive forms of systemic mastocytosis (SM). Gleevec is therefore not recommended for use in patients with cutaneous mastocytosis, indolent systemic mastocytosis (smoldering SM or isolated bone marrow mastocytosis), SM with an associated clonal hematological non-mast cell lineage disease, mast cell leukemia, mast cell sarcoma or extracutaneous mastocytoma. Patients that harbor the D816V mutation of c-Kit are not sensitive to Gleevec and should not receive Gleevec.

Hypereosinophilic Syndrome/Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia

One open-label, multicenter, phase 2 study was conducted testing Gleevec in diverse populations of patients with life-threatening diseases associated with Abl, Kit or PDGFR protein tyrosine kinases. This study included 14 patients with Hypereosinophilic Syndrome/Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia (HES/CEL). HES patients were treated with 100 mg to 1000 mg of Gleevec daily. The ages of these patients ranged from 16 to 64 years. A further 162 patients with HES/CEL aged 11 to 78 years were reported in 35 published case reports and case series. These patients received Gleevec at doses of 75 mg to 800 mg daily. Hematologic response rates are summarized in Table 19. Response durations for literature patients ranged from 6+ weeks to 44 months.

Table 19 : Response in HES/CEL

Cytogenetic Abnormality Number of Patients Complete Hematological Response N (%) Partial Hematological Response N (%)
Positive FIP1L1-PDGFRa Fusion Kinase 61 61 (100%) 0%
Negative FIP1L1-PDGFRa Fusion Kinase 56 12 (21%) 9 (16%)
Unknown Cytogenetic Abnormality 59 34 (58%) 7 (12%)
Total 176 107 (61%) 23 (13%)

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) is a cutaneous soft tissue sarcoma. It is characterized by a translocation of chromosomes 17 and 22 that results in the fusion of the collagen type 1 alpha 1 gene and the PDGF B gene.

An open-label, multicenter, phase 2 study was conducted testing Gleevec in a diverse population of patients with life-threatening diseases associated with Abl, Kit or PDGFR protein tyrosine kinases. This study included 12 patients with DFSP who were treated with Gleevec 800 mg daily (age range 23 to 75 years). DFSP was metastatic, locally recurrent following initial surgical resection and not considered amenable to further surgery at the time of study entry. A further 6 DFSP patients treated with Gleevec are reported in 5 published case reports, their ages ranging from 18 months to 49 years. The total population treated for DFSP therefore comprises 18 patients, 8 of them with metastatic disease. The adult patients reported in the published literature were treated with either 400 mg (4 cases) or 800 mg (1 case) Gleevec daily. A single pediatric patient received 400 mg/m²/daily, subsequently increased to 520 mg/m²/daily. Ten patients had the PDGF B gene rearrangement, 5 had no available cytogenetics and 3 had complex cytogenetic abnormalities. Responses to treatment are described in Table 20.

Table 20 : Response in DFSP

  Number of Patients (n=18) %
Complete Response 7 39
Partial Response * 8 44
Total Responders 15 83
* 5 patients made disease free by surgery

Twelve of these 18 patients either achieved a complete response (7 patients) or were made disease free by surgery after a partial response (5 patients, including one child) for a total complete response rate of 67%. A further 3 patients achieved a partial response, for an overall response rate of 83%. Of the 8 patients with metastatic disease, five responded (62%), three of them completely (37%). For the 10 study patients with the PDGF B gene rearrangement there were 4 complete and 6 partial responses. The median duration of response in the phase 2 study was 6.2 months, with a maximum duration of 24.3 months, while in the published literature it ranged between 4 weeks and more than 20 months.

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Unresectable and/or Malignant Metastatic GIST

Two open-label, randomized, multinational Phase 3 studies were conducted in patients with unresectable or metastatic malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). The two study designs were similar allowing a predefined combined analysis of safety and efficacy. A total of 1640 patients were enrolled into the two studies and randomized 1:1 to receive either 400 mg or 800 mg orally daily continuously until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients in the 400 mg daily treatment group who experienced disease progression were permitted to crossover to receive treatment with 800 mg daily. The studies were designed to compare response rates, progression-free survival and overall survival between the dose groups. Median age at patient entry was 60 years. Males comprised 58% of the patients enrolled. All patients had a pathologic diagnosis of CD117 positive unresectable and/or metastatic malignant GIST.

The primary objective of the two studies was to evaluate either progression-free survival (PFS) with a secondary objective of overall survival (OS) in one study or overall survival with a secondary objective of PFS in the other study. A planned analysis of both OS and PFS from the combined datasets from these two studies was conducted. Results from this combined analysis are shown in Table 21.

Table 21 :Overall Survival, Progression-Free Survival and Tumor Response Rates in the Phase 3 GIST Trials

  Gleevec 400 mg
N=818
Gleevec 800 mg
N=822
Progression-Free Survival (months)
  Median 18.9 23.2
  95% CI 17.4-21.2 20.8-24.9
Overall Survival (months) 49.0 48.7
  95% CI 45.3-60.0 45.3-51.6
Best Overall Tumor Response
  Complete Response (CR) 43 (5.3%) 41 (5.0%)
  Partial Response (PR) 377 (46.1%) 402 (48.9%)

Median follow up for the combined studies was 37.5 months. There were no observed differences in overall survival between the treatment groups (p=0.98). Patients who crossed over following disease progression from the 400 mg/day treatment group to the 800 mg/day treatment group (n=347) had a 3.4 month median and a 7.7 month mean exposure to Gleevec following crossover.

One open-label, multinational Phase 2 study was conducted in patients with Kit (CD117) positive unresectable or metastatic malignant GIST. In this study, 147 patients were enrolled and randomized to receive either 400 mg or 600 mg orally q.d. for up to 36 months. The primary outcome of the study was objective response rate. Tumors were required to be measurable at entry in at least one site of disease, and response characterization was based on Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG) criteria. There were no differences in response rates between the 2 dose groups. The response rate was 68.5% for the 400 mg group and 67.6% for the 600 mg group. The median time to response was 12 weeks (range was 3-98 weeks) and the estimated median duration of response is 118 weeks (95% CI: 86, not reached).

Adjuvant Treatment of GIST

In the adjuvant setting, Gleevec was investigated in a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study involving 713 patients. After complete gross resection of primary GIST, patients were randomized to one of the two arms: Gleevec at 400 mg/day or matching placebo for one year. The ages of these patients ranged from 18 to 91 years. Patients were included who had a histologic diagnosis of primary GIST expressing KIT protein by immunochemistry and a tumor size ≥ 3 cm in maximum dimension, with complete gross resection of primary GIST within 14 to 70 days prior to registration.

The efficacy endpoint of the study was recurrence free survival (RFS) defined as the time from date of randomization to the date of recurrence or death from any cause. At a median follow up of 14.0 months, there were 30 RFS events in the Gleevec arm compared to 70 RFS events in the placebo arm (hazard ratio=0.398 [95% CI: 0.259, 0.610], p < 0.0001). Based on an interim analysis, patients still receiving placebo were allowed to cross over to Gleevec. The current follow-up is too short to evaluate survival.

Figure 3 : Recurrence Free Survival

GLEEVEC (imatinib mesylate) Figure 3 Illustration

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Dosing and Administration

Patients should be informed to take Gleevec exactly as prescribed, not to change their dose or to stop taking Gleevec unless they are told to do so by their doctor. If patients miss a dose they should be advised to take their dose as soon as possible unless it is almost time for their next dose in which case the missed dose should not be taken. A double dose should not be taken to make up for any missed dose. Patients should be advised to take Gleevec with a meal and a large glass of water.

Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding

Patients should be advised to inform their doctor if they are or think they may be pregnant. Patients should also be advised not to breast feed while taking Gleevec.

Adverse Reactions

Patients should be advised to tell their doctor if they experience side effects during Gleevec therapy including fever, shortness of breath, blood in their stools, jaundice, sudden weight gain, symptoms of cardiac failure, or if they have a history of cardiac disease or risk factors for cardiac failure.

Drug Interactions

Patients should be advised not to take any other medications, including over-the-counter medications such as herbal products without talking to their doctor or pharmacist first. Examples of other medications that should not be taken with Gleevec are warfarin, erythromycin, and phenytoin. Patients should also be advised to tell their doctor if they are taking or plan to take iron supplements. Patients should also avoid grapefruit juice and other foods known to inhibit CYP3A4 while taking Gleevec.

Pediatric

Patients should be advised that growth retardation has been reported in children and pre-adolescents receiving Gleevec. The long term effects of prolonged treatment with Gleevec on growth in children are unknown. Therefore, close monitoring of growth in children under Gleevec treatment is recommended.

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Dosing and Administration

Patients should be informed to take Gleevec exactly as prescribed, not to change their dose or to stop taking Gleevec unless they are told to do so by their doctor. If patients miss a dose they should be advised to take their dose as soon as possible unless it is almost time for their next dose in which case the missed dose should not be taken. A double dose should not be taken to make up for any missed dose. Patients should be advised to take Gleevec with a meal and a large glass of water.

Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding

Patients should be advised to inform their doctor if they are or think they may be pregnant. Patients should also be advised not to breast feed while taking Gleevec.

Adverse Reactions

Patients should be advised to tell their doctor if they experience side effects during Gleevec therapy including fever, shortness of breath, blood in their stools, jaundice, sudden weight gain, symptoms of cardiac failure, or if they have a history of cardiac disease or risk factors for cardiac failure.

Drug Interactions

Patients should be advised not to take any other medications, including over-the-counter medications such as herbal products without talking to their doctor or pharmacist first. Examples of other medications that should not be taken with Gleevec are warfarin, erythromycin, and phenytoin. Patients should also be advised to tell their doctor if they are taking or plan to take iron supplements. Patients should also avoid grapefruit juice and other foods known to inhibit CYP3A4 while taking Gleevec.

Pediatric

Patients should be advised that growth retardation has been reported in children and pre-adolescents receiving Gleevec. The long term effects of prolonged treatment with Gleevec on growth in children are unknown. Therefore, close monitoring of growth in children under Gleevec treatment is recommended.

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/25/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

IMATINIB - ORAL

(im-AT-in-ib)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Gleevec

USES: This medication is used to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., chronic myeloid leukemia, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases). Imatinib works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells (tumors). It also works by causing cancer cells to die.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with a meal and a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters), usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. The US manufacturer recommends that if you have trouble swallowing the tablets whole, you may dissolve your dose in a glass of water or apple juice. The amount of liquid will vary depending on your dose. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more detailed instructions. Stir the mixture well until the tablet(s) dissolve, and drink immediately.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

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SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, joint pain, or muscle cramps/pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: easy bruising/bleeding, fast/pounding heartbeat, extreme tiredness, sudden/unexplained weight gain, swelling (especially of lower legs/the area around eyes), increasing trouble breathing (shortness of breath).

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin.

This medication can lower the body's ability to fight an infection. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, chills, or persistent sore throat.

Imatinib sometimes causes side effects due to the rapid destruction of cancer cells (tumor lysis syndrome). To lower your risk, drink plenty of fluids unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as low back/side pain (flank pain), red/pinkish urine, painful urination, or muscle spasms/weakness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice any other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking imatinib, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems, heart problems (e.g., heart failure), kidney problems, liver problems.

Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose. Wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infections.

To lower your risk of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.

This medication may slow down a child's growth. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.

The elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug (e.g., swelling). Also, the manufacturer recommends a routine heart test (LV ejection fraction) in the elderly before treatment.

This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm the unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. To avoid pregnancy, both males and females using this drug must use reliable form(s) of birth control (e.g., condoms, birth control pills) during treatment with this drug. Talk with your doctor about effective forms of birth control.

This medication passes into breast milk. Because of possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur: warfarin.

If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting imatinib.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: levothyroxine, drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove imatinib from your body (such as azole antifungals including itraconazole/ketoconazole, HIV protease inhibitors including ritonavir/saquinavir, macrolide antibiotics including erythromycin, cimetidine, rifamycins including rifampin/rifabutin, corticosteroids including dexamethasone, St. John's wort, certain anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine/phenytoin).

This drug can slow down the removal of other drugs from your body by affecting certain liver enzymes. These affected drugs include acetaminophen, cyclosporine, midazolam, nifedipine, sildenafil, and simvastatin, among others. Ask your doctor about using these drugs safely.

Check the labels on all your medicines because they may contain acetaminophen. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents should call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents should call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe muscle cramps, dark urine, abdominal swelling.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood count, liver function tests) should be performed to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-800-854-1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

Information last revised November 2011. Copyright(c) 2011 First Databank, Inc.

Gleevec Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Gleevec

Generic Name: imatinib (Pronunciation: im MA ta nib)

What is imatinib (Gleevec)?

Imatinib interferes with the growth of some cancer cells.

Imatinib is used to treat a certain types of leukemia (blood cancer) such as Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is also used to treat certain tumors of the stomach and digestive system.

Imatinib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Gleevec 100 mg

round, orange, imprinted with NVR, SA

Gleevec 400 mg

oval, orange, imprinted with 400, SL SL

What are the possible side effects of imatinib (Gleevec)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath (even with mild exertion);
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • lower back pain, blood in your urine;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth;
  • muscle weakness, tightness, or contraction, overactive reflexes;
  • fast or slow heart rate, weak pulse, feeling short of breath, confusion, fainting; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea or stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • muscle cramps;
  • joint or muscle pain;
  • headache, feeling tired; or
  • stuffy nose, sinus pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »

What is the most important information I should know about imatinib (Gleevec)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, underactive thyroid, congestive heart failure, a history of stomach ulcer or bleeding, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.

Take this medicine with a large glass of water.

Imatinib should be taken with a meal. Do not take the medicine on an empty stomach.

If you miss a dose, take the medicine as soon as you remember, making sure you also eat a meal and drink a large glass of water. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next meal. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

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Gleevec Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking imatinib (Gleevec)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to imatinib.

To make sure you can safely take imatinib, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • underactive thyroid, recent or upcoming thyroid surgery;
  • heart disease, congestive heart failure;
  • history of stomach ulcer or bleeding; or
  • if you are receiving chemotherapy.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use imatinib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether imatinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Imatinib can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 2 years old without medical advice.

How should I take imatinib (Gleevec)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medicine with a large glass of water.

You may dissolve the imatinib tablet in water or apple juice to make swallowing easier.

Imatinib should be taken with a meal. Do not take imatinib on an empty stomach.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your weight and liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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Gleevec Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Gleevec)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, making sure you also eat a meal and drink a large glass of water. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next meal. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Gleevec)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose can cause severe muscle cramps.

What should I avoid while taking imatinib (Gleevec)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect imatinib (Gleevec)?

Many drugs can interact with or be affected by imatinib. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:

  • bosentan (Tracleer);
  • conivaptan (Vaprisol);
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
  • dexamethasone (Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, DexPak);
  • fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora);
  • isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
  • nefazodone;
  • pimozide (Orap);
  • sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
  • St. John's wort;
  • theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron, Uniphyl);
  • an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate), rifapentine (Priftin), or telithromycin (Ketex);
  • antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or miconazole (Oravig);
  • a barbiturate such as butabarbital (Butisol), secobarbital (Seconal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • cholesterol-lowering medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor), simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin);
  • ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot) or dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray);
  • heart or blood pressure medicine such as amlodipine (Norvasc, Caduet, Exforge, Lotrel, Tekamlo, Tribenzor, Twynsta, Amturnide), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
  • a heart rhythm medication such as disopyramide (Norpace), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), or quinidine (Quin-G);
  • HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Sustiva, Atripla), etravirine (Intelence), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), nevirapine (Viramune), saquinavir (Invirase), or ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra);
  • medicines to treat narcolepsy, such as armodafinil (Nuvigil) or modafinil (Progivil); or
  • seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol), divalproex (Depakote), felbamate (Felbatol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), phenytoin (Dilantin), primidone (Mysoline), valproic acid (Depakene).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with imatinib. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about imatinib.


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