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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 349-352

Analysis of adverse drug reactions of imatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia patients: An Eastern Indian experience

1 Department of Pharmacology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India
2 Department of Clinical Haematology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India
3 Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Niranjan Rout
Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/ijp.ijp_844_21

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BACKGROUND: Imatinib mesylate is the cornerstone therapy in the management of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Monitoring of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) of imatinib in our patients is very important to ensure their safety. Aims and Objectives: The current study aims to monitor ADRs encountered in CML patients in the chronic phase with imatinib (400 mg/day). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, observational study was conducted from November 2011 to May 2015 on 310 patients presented to the Departments of Clinical Hematology and Pharmacology of SCB MCH, Cuttack, diagnosed with CML at chronic phase. Collected ADRs were entered in the ADR reporting form (PvPI) and were analyzed for causality and severity. RESULTS: Anemia was the most common hematological ADR, whereas hyperpigmentation and nausea were the most common nonhematological ADRs reported. Maximum ADRs were mild to moderate and required no change in the treatment course. CONCLUSION: The study revealed that imatinib mesylate, a well tolerated drug, has very few cases of severe ADRs in Indian patients at the chronic stable phase of CML.


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