Occasionally, I have a swollen ankle as a side effect of my 400mg Imatinib. Usually, this recedes after a couple of days without too much concern.
However, recently this did not happen. After a day the swelling turned sore with my skin becoming red,warm and my ankle doubled in size.
I was diagnosed with cellulitis. Thankfully, a blood test showed the infection was isolated to my ankle and not threatening me with sepsis.
I was prescribed with the antibiotic Clarithromycin. I took this twice daily of 500mg doses for a week.
I use the MyCml app. Which informed me that this antibiotic reacts with my Imatinib.
My consultant said that I was lucky that my side effects did not worsen, whilst taking this antibiotic!
Please ensure that whatever you are prescribed with. The doctor double checks with your health care team!!