Gleevec Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects


If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • Acute Infection Of The Nose, Throat Or Sinus
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding Of The Stomach Or Intestines
  • Decreased Blood Platelets
  • Decreased Neutrophils A Type Of White Blood Cell
  • Fluid In The Covering Of The Heart Or Pericardium
  • Visible Water Retention
  • Water Retention

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • Backache
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizzy
  • Excessive Watery Eyes
  • Feel Like Throwing Up
  • Fever
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Energy
  • Muscle Pain
  • Pain
  • Rash
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Throwing Up

INFREQUENT side effects


If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • Abnormally Low Blood Pressure
  • Acquired Decrease Of All Cells In The Blood
  • Canker Sore
  • Chest Pain
  • Decreased Number Of Lymphocytes In The Blood
  • Depression
  • Escape Of Fluid Into The Lungs
  • Fluid Accumulation Around The Eye
  • Fluid In The Lungs
  • High Amount Of Bilirubin In The Blood
  • Increased Uric Acid Due To Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Large Purple Or Brown Skin Blotches
  • Low Amount Of Potassium In The Blood
  • Pink Eye
  • Pneumonia
  • The Flu
  • Trouble Breathing

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • Bone Pain
  • Chills
  • Chronic Trouble Sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Dry Skin
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Feeling Weak
  • Gas
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Hair Loss
  • Head Pain
  • Hemorrhage From The Conjunctiva Of The Eye
  • Indigestion
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Night Sweats
  • Nosebleed
  • Numbness
  • Numbness And Tingling
  • Painful, Red Or Swollen Mouth
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Sinus Irritation And Congestion
  • Swelling Of The Abdomen
  • Temporary Redness Of Face And Neck
  • Throat Irritation
  • Weight Gain

RARE side effects


If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • A Rupture In The Wall Of The Stomach Or Intestine
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests
  • Acute Inflammation Of The Pancreas
  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Angina
  • Ascites
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Avascular Necrosis Of Bone
  • Bleeding Into Cyst Of Ovary
  • Blocked Bowels With Decreased Peristaltic Movement
  • Blood Circulation Failure Due To Serious Heart Condition
  • Burning Stomach
  • Chronic Heart Failure
  • Collection Of Clotted Blood In An Organ, Space Or Tissue
  • Confused
  • Diverticulitis
  • DRESS Syndrome
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Failure Of The Left Ventricle Of The Heart
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Fingernail And/Or Toenail Disease
  • Fluid Accumulation In The Brain
  • Giant Hives
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Compression Caused By Excess Fluid In The Covering
  • Hemorrhage Of The Vitreous Of The Eye
  • Hepatitis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Pressure Within The Skull
  • Hypersensitivity Drug Reaction
  • Increase In The Number Of Platelets In The Blood
  • Increased Eosinophils In The Blood
  • Increased Pressure In Eyes
  • Inflammation Of The Covering Of The Heart Or Pericardium
  • Inflammation Of The Large Intestine
  • Inflammation Of The Lining Of The Stomach And Intestines
  • Inflammation Of The Skin With Blisters
  • Kidney Disease With Reduction In Kidney Function
  • Lichenoid Dermatitis Drug Reaction
  • Life Threatening Allergic Reaction
  • Liver Failure
  • Lung Failure Causing Loss Of Breath
  • Lung Tissue Problems
  • Macular Swelling And Degeneration Of The Eye
  • Muscle Problems
  • Optic Disk Edema
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Psoriasis
  • Reactivation Of Hepatitis B Infection
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Seizures
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Rash With Sloughing
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Stomach Or Intestine Blockage
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Subdural Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Sweet's Disease
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Tingling, Pain, Redness And Edema Of Hands And Feet
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  • Tumor Bleeding
  • Vascular Ectasia Of Gastric Antrum

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • Abnormally Long Or Heavy Periods
  • Blurred Vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Eye
  • Enlarged Breasts
  • Feeling Anxious
  • Feeling Faint
  • Heart Throbbing Or Pounding
  • Inability To Have An Erection
  • Itching
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Loss Of Memory
  • Migraine Headache
  • Not Feeling Well
  • Obstruction Of A Blood Vessel By A Blood Clot
  • Occasional Numbness, Prickling, Or Tingling Of Fingers And Toes
  • Ringing In The Ears
  • Sensation Of Spinning Or Whirling
  • Skin Disease Characterized By Swollen Itching Lesions
  • Sun-Sensitive Skin
  • Taste Problems

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