Glivec 400mg (Imatinib )
Glivec 400mg is used as monotherapy, or it may combine with some other medicine in the conditions of certain types of cancer or bone marrow disorders. PDG-derived tyrosine kinase that is expressed in gastrointestinal stromal tumor
Glivec 400mg indicated for
Glivec 400mg tablet is an anti-neoplastic medicine which is used in the treatment of,
- Advanced myelogenous leukemia (CML),
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and several malignancies
- Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease
- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
- Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
How Glivec 400mg tablets work
Glivec contains an active component known as Imatinib mesylate; it is an inhibitor of certain tyrosine kinase enzymes.
Glivec prohibits BCR-ABL tyrosine
Glivec obstruct the multiplication and promote the apoptosis in BCR-ABL positive cells in addition to fresh leukemia cells from Philadelphia chromosome positive CML
Glivec also inhibits tumor growth of BCR-ABL transacted murine myeloid cells along other BCR-ABL positive leukemia CML in blast crisis
Glivec inhibits receptor tyrosine kinase for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), stem cell factor (SCF) and PDGF and SCF mediated cellular events get prohibited.
- Glivec a 2-phenylaminopyrimidine analog, it acts as a prohibitor of tyrosine kinase enzyme.
- In malignancy conditions, Philadelphia chromosome leads to fusing of protein with BCR (breakpoint cluster region). Glivec used to reduced Bcr-Abl activity
it is absorbed within 2-4 hours and bioavailability of Glivec 400mg tablets is about 98%.
Glivec 400mg tablet has Human plasma protein bound almost range of 95%.
Glivec 400mg tablet Active metabolite is N-demethylated piperazine derivative. The enzyme which is responsible for metabolism of Glivec 400mg tablet is CYP3A4.
The elimination of Glivec400mg through feces
The total drug excreted through feces 81% and drug through urine 13% with 7 days
The half life time of Glivec and active metabolite N-dimethyl derivative are around 18 and 40 hours respectively
Dosage and administration
The usual dose of tablet Glivecis 400mg or 600mg as a single dose. Whereas 800mg given by dividing the dose into two as 400mg twice daily.
Glivectablets should be taken with food
The usual dose for following conditions;
Chronic myeloid leukemia
Chronic phase: In newly diagnosed patients, the dose of Glivec 400mg tablet is 400mg should be orally taken as a single dose.
If the failure of chronic phase of the treatment with interferon alpha therapy; dose is raised to 600mg per day.
Quick phase: 600mg PO q Day; dose variation to 400mg PO as twice in a day if there is no serious adverse drug reaction or non-leukemia associated neutropenia or thrombocytopenia.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
The prescribed dose of the tablet Glivec 400mg is 400mg should be taken orally as a twice daily
In this condition, recommended dose is 400mg PO q Day
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
In adults, the prescribed dose is 600mg should be taken orally as a single dose.
The usual dose is 400mg PO q Day
Recommended dose is 400mg PO q12hr
Chronic myeloid leukemia
<1 year: the safety and efficacy of the drug has not been established
≥1 year: 340mg/m2/day PO; should not be exceed 600mg/day
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Patients<1 year: the safety and efficacy of the drug has not been established
Patients≥1 year: 340mg/m2/day PO; should not be exceed 600mg/day
Glivec 400mg tablet causes some side effects
Side effects are common in patients administrating Glivec 400mg-30%
- Nausea and vomiting
- Edema (swelling of the face, feet, hands)
- Muscle cramps and bone pain
- Skin rash
- Decreased blood counts
Less common side effects occur in patients administrating 10-29%
- Joint pain
- Indigestion (see heartburn)
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Poor appetite
- Night sweats (see skin reactions)
- Nose bleeds (see bleeding problems)
- Affect ability to conceive or father a child
Warfarin is metabolized by CYP2C9 & CYP2A4, so patients who are taking anticoagulation therapy with Glivec, should take low molecular weight or standard heparin in reverse of warfarin.
Drug which inhibits the CYP3A4 activity may have chance to reduce metabolism and elevates the plasma concentration of Glivec frequently.
Concomitant use of St. John’s wort with Glivec causes decreasing AUC of Glivec to 30%. To avoid this problem, the dosage of Glivec increases up to 1200mg /day (600mg as two times a day).
While interaction of Glivec with strong inducers of CYP3A4, the dose of Glivec 400mg increased to 50%. If used with CYP3A4 strong inducers the AUC of Glivec 400mg decreases to 73%.
Combination of Glivec 400mg with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors; increase the risk of Glivec. Avoid these co administrations like Glivec 400mg with ketoconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, atazanavir, indinavir, ritonavir, voriconazole etc.
Interaction of Glivec 400mg with CYP3A4 substrates like alfentanil, cyclosporine, ergotamine, fentanyl, sirolimus or Tacrolimus causes low therapeutic effects. Glivec elevates the plasma concentration of CYP3A4 metabolized drugs like lipid lowering, calcium channel blockers etc.
Hypersensitive reaction to Glivec400mg and other excipients presents in Glivec 400mg tablets.
Avoid combination of strong CYP3A4 inducers
If anticoagulation is necessary, use LMW or standard heparin instead of warfarin
Gastrointestinal disorders: To avoid this problem, Glivec should be taken with food and large glass of water.
Hyperesinophillic cardiac toxicity
Hypothyroidism: Levothyroxine replacement therapy recommended; TSH level of the patients should be monitored periodically.
Fluid retention and edema: The major damage of Glivec is fluid collection which may causes edema majorly superficial edema has been reported. To overcome these problem patients may frequently monitor for manifestation of fluid retention.
Hematological toxicity: Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia are the major blood related problems. To avoid these conditions, monitor the patients periodically with counting blood cell counts weekly for one month, two weeks for two months.
Serious congestive heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction: Patients who have cardiac problems should be monitored frequently.
Hepatotoxicity: Liver function test should be taken periodically to overcome these problems.
Pregnancy category: D
Glivec 400mg will cause fetal harm when given to pregnant women
No clinical studies regarding use of drug in pregnant women
Glivec 400mg should not recommended to pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, it can able to cause fetal malformations and cause fetal harm
The metabolites excreted in human milk.
Glivec 400mg tablet container should be stored in cool and dry place
It should be kept away from moisture, heat and light
If patient missed to take Glivec 400mg tablet, patient should have administered within a time. Otherwise, tablet should be discontinued and follow the next drug schedule.
Consult the doctor as soon as possible.
- Trade name Glivec 400mg
- Substance Imatinib
- Manufacturer Novartis India Ltd
- Packaging 28 tablets
- Country of origin India