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Brand name: Ciplevac TM

Active ingredients: imatinib

What it is used for

Imatinib capsules indicated for: - treatment of patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) - treatment of adult and paediatric patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ph+ALL) integrated with chemotherapy - treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory Ph+ ALL as monotherapy - treatment of adult patients with myelodysplastic/myeloproflierative diseases (MDS/MPD) associated with platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) gene re-arrangements, where conventional therapies have failed - treatment of adult patients with aggressive systemic mastocytosis (ASM), where conventional therapies have failed - treatment of adult patients with hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) and/or chronic eosinophilic leukaemia (CEL) - adult patients with unresectable, recurrent and/or metastatic dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Shelf lifetime is 12 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Light yellow granules filled in size 4 hard gelatin capsule with opaque white body and opaque white cap. The cap is imprinted with Cipla 50 with black ink.

Food interactions

For the active ingredient imatinib

  • Take with food to reduce the incidence of gastric irritation. Follow with a large glass of water. A lipid rich meal will slightly reduce and delay absorption. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice throughout treatment, grapefruit can significantly increase serum levels of this product.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient imatinib

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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