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HI I'm Dax from the Philippines and was recently diagnosed with CML this year I just started taking Imatinib but its expired for 10 years

I got it from my grandma who used to take it and has recently passed away. 

Is it okay if I continue with it? It's very expensive here in my country and I don't have the funds to buy them.

I'm currently experiencing dizziness. Is that normal?

Thanks hope to hear from you guys.

Hi Victor

It always upsets me when I read of patients unable to get their medications due to cost as it seems so unfair. Anyway, let's be practical.....

Victor, please join the CML Journey to a Cure Facebook international group and speak to Levi Hao (in the Phillippines) and Anjuna (the administrator)as they can point you in the direction of cheap generic Imatinib in the Phillippines. You will also be able to talk to other CML patients from your part of the world.

Keep posting on here, too, and read the information on this site in bits and pieces - not all at once as there is a lot of useful information


Chrissie from the UK.

Hi Victor,

Thank you so much to Chrissie from UK. I am from the Philippines too and currently taking generic imatinib (Veenat 400 mg from India) as I find the cost of Glivec too costly too. If you are interested, I can give you my supplier from India. Stay healthy.


Check also with the Max Foundation if they operate in Phillipines...they give out gleevec free to patients from developing countries

Dizzyness can happen but its important that you get newer medication ESP in hot climates as medications loose efficacity with time (and some with being stored over 25C, not sure if thats the case for TKI)

DAX: Philippines is part of GIPAP

You can get your Gleveec for free!! Please do this :)