So, I'm on Tasigna, and even though I'm "over" the long QT thing, there is still part of me deep down that is chicken about it. And I only really get worried when I'm around something that could increase my drug levels.
For example, I bought some stress and relaxation bath salts. It said juniper, menthol and orange. Well I looked on the ingredients, and it has citrus aurantium dulcis essential oil. I know that citrus aurantium is Seville orange, but I couldn't tell if citrus aurantium dulcis is something different. I look on the US Novartis site and it doesn't mention Seville oranges (only grapefruit), but the international site does mention it as something to avoid due to increasing TKI plasma levels. Part of me thought, what the heck, just use the bath salts. But there was the 1% irrational part of me that made me chicken out. I knew it would probably make me more stressed to know that this could affect me, since your skin can absorb these things.
I bought some herbal tea and it says orange peel--I'm pretty sure they would specify "seville orange peel" (although that would be a bad, bitter tea)--and part of me was actually worried about it being a Seville orange, even though I know it's regular orange. Out of frustration I bought it anyway just to prove to myself.
So, can anyone help reassure me on this, that using the bath salts once a week, if that, won't spike my TKI levels--if anything they'd probably be regularized the next day--and that even one cup of grapefruit juice every so often isn't going to cause me to keel over dead?
That 1% irrationality is holding me back and I hate it.