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Side Effects

List imatinib side effects by likelihood and severity.

The following side effects are associated with imatinib:

Common side effects of imatinib:

  • Acute Infection of the Nose, Throat or SinusSevere
  • AnemiaSevere
  • Bleeding of the Stomach or IntestinesSevere
  • Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
  • Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood CellSevere
  • Fluid in the Covering of the Heart or PericardiumSevere
  • Fluid in the LungsSevere
  • HemorrhageSevere
  • Visible Water RetentionSevere
  • Water RetentionSevere
  • BackacheLess Severe
  • CrampsLess Severe
  • DiarrheaLess Severe
  • DizzyLess Severe
  • Excessive Watery EyesLess Severe
  • Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
  • FeverLess Severe
  • Joint PainLess Severe
  • Low EnergyLess Severe
  • Muscle PainLess Severe
  • PainLess Severe
  • RashLess Severe
  • Stomach CrampsLess Severe
  • Throwing UpLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of imatinib:

  • Abnormally Low Blood PressureSevere
  • Acquired Decrease of All Cells in the BloodSevere
  • Canker SoreSevere
  • Chest PainSevere
  • Decreased Number of Lymphocytes in the BloodSevere
  • DepressionSevere
  • Escape of Fluid into the LungsSevere
  • Fluid Accumulation Around the EyeSevere
  • High Amount of Bilirubin in the BloodSevere
  • Large Purple or Brown Skin BlotchesSevere
  • Low Amount of Potassium in the BloodSevere
  • Pink EyeSevere
  • PneumoniaSevere
  • The FluSevere
  • Trouble BreathingSevere
  • Bone PainLess Severe
  • ChillsLess Severe
  • Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
  • Condition in which Stomach Acid is Pushed Into the EsophagusLess Severe
  • CoughLess Severe
  • Dry SkinLess Severe
  • Excessive SweatingLess Severe
  • Feeling WeakLess Severe
  • GasLess Severe
  • Hair LossLess Severe
  • Head PainLess Severe
  • Hemorrhage from the Conjunctiva of the EyeLess Severe
  • Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel MovementsLess Severe
  • IndigestionLess Severe
  • Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
  • Night SweatsLess Severe
  • NosebleedLess Severe
  • NumbnessLess Severe
  • Numbness and TinglingLess Severe
  • Numbness, Tingling or Pain of Hands or FeetLess Severe
  • Painful, Red or Swollen MouthLess Severe
  • Sinus Irritation and CongestionLess Severe
  • Swelling of the AbdomenLess Severe
  • Temporary Redness of Face and NeckLess Severe
  • Throat IrritationLess Severe
  • Weight GainLess Severe

Rare side effects of imatinib:

  • A Rupture in the Wall of the Stomach or IntestineSevere
  • Abnormal Liver Function TestsSevere
  • Accumulation of Blood in Subdural Space Under Skull BoneSevere
  • Acute Inflammation of the PancreasSevere
  • Acute Kidney DiseaseSevere
  • Allergic Reaction caused by a DrugSevere
  • AscitesSevere
  • Avascular Necrosis of BoneSevere
  • Blocked Bowels with No MovementSevere
  • Blood Circulation Failure due to Serious Heart ConditionSevere
  • Burning StomachSevere
  • Chronic Heart FailureSevere
  • Collection of Clotted Blood in an Organ, Space or TissueSevere
  • ConfusedSevere
  • DiverticulitisSevere
  • Erythema MultiformeSevere
  • Failure of the Left Ventricle of the HeartSevere
  • Fast HeartbeatSevere
  • Fingernail and/or Toenail DiseaseSevere
  • Fluid Accumulation in the BrainSevere
  • Giant HivesSevere
  • Heart Compression caused by Excess Fluid in the CoveringSevere
  • Hemorrhage of the Vitreous of the EyeSevere
  • HepatitisSevere
  • High Blood PressureSevere
  • High Pressure Within the SkullSevere
  • Increase in the Number of Platelets in the BloodSevere
  • Increased Eosinophils in the BloodSevere
  • Increased Pressure in EyesSevere
  • Inflammation of the Covering of the Heart or PericardiumSevere
  • Inflammation of the Large IntestineSevere
  • Inflammation of the Lining of the Stomach and IntestinesSevere
  • Inflammation of the Skin with BlistersSevere
  • Lichenoid Dermatitis Drug ReactionSevere
  • Life Threatening Allergic ReactionSevere
  • Liver FailureSevere
  • Lung Failure causing Loss of BreathSevere
  • Lung Tissue ProblemsSevere
  • Macular Swelling and Degeneration of the EyeSevere
  • Optic Disk EdemaSevere
  • PsoriasisSevere
  • Retinal HemorrhageSevere
  • SeizuresSevere
  • Serious Muscle Damage that may Lead to Kidney FailureSevere
  • Skin DiscolorationSevere
  • Skin Rash with SloughingSevere
  • Stevens-Johnson SyndromeSevere
  • Stomach UlcerSevere
  • Sweet's DiseaseSevere
  • Swollen Lymph NodesSevere
  • Tingling, Pain, Redness and Edema of Hands and FeetSevere
  • Toxic Epidermal NecrolysisSevere
  • Tumor BleedingSevere
  • Abnormally Long or Heavy PeriodsLess Severe
  • AnxiousLess Severe
  • Blurred VisionLess Severe
  • DrowsinessLess Severe
  • Dry EyeLess Severe
  • Enlarged BreastsLess Severe
  • Feeling FaintLess Severe
  • Inability to have an ErectionLess Severe
  • ItchingLess Severe
  • Joint StiffnessLess Severe
  • Loss of MemoryLess Severe
  • Migraine HeadacheLess Severe
  • Not Feeling WellLess Severe
  • Obstruction of a Blood Vessel by a Blood ClotLess Severe
  • Occasional Numbness, Prickling, or Tingling of Fingers and ToesLess Severe
  • Ringing in the EarsLess Severe
  • Sensation of Spinning or WhirlingLess Severe
  • Skin Disease Characterized by Swollen Itching LesionsLess Severe
  • Sun-Sensitive SkinLess Severe
  • Taste ProblemsLess Severe

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CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

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