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I am a cml patient till 10 years.name of the medicine is gleevec (imatinib) imtanib.is there any problem in pregnancy?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Unclear: There have been reports of healthy babies when patients are on gleevec (imatinib). There are some bad outcomes as well. The answer is that we are not sure. This is something to discuss with your oncologist and ob. The lymphoma and leukemia society web site has detailed information that can help. Good luck with your difficult decision.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: You can not take Gleevec (imatinib) during pregnancy as Gleevec (imatinib) is considered to be as category d meaning there is evidence of human fetal risk. If you are pregnant, interferon is something you can be on. Interferon is in category c. Please discuss in detail with you oncologist/hematologist.

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