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During treatment with imatinib mesylate (Gleevec®), keep in mind that it can react with certain drugs. For example, imatinib can interact with certain statin medications, such as:
- Lovastatin (Altoprev®, Mevacor®) or combination medications that contain lovastatin (Advicor®)
- Simvastatin (Zocor®) or combination medications that contain simvastatin (Vytorin® or Simcor®).
If simvastatin and imatinib are combined, blood levels of the statin drug may be increased, which increases a person's risk for potentially serious side effects affecting the muscles. In general, these medications should not be combined.
(Click Drug Interactions With Imatinib to learn more about the products that can react with imatinib, the problems that may occur, and how they might be avoided.)