Hi everyone its me again, I have been on Tasigna for 9 months now and have really struggled with GI issues soon after starting it. So I am here again with a question, does anyone take a probiotic to help their GI issues? I am worried with starting something like that and being on Tasigna. I know the medicine avoidance lists say to stay clean of herbs, certain minerals etc.while being on a TKI.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:16 PM
Probiotics are actually a bacteria for the gut, no worse then if you ate the acidophilous yoghurts. I'm on Gleevec and got an undetectable at my last blood test (hopefully it continues). I take the one you keep in the fridge. I tried the ones you don't need to keep in the fridge when I went on holiday to SF, but found they didn't work as well.
They'll take a little while to kick in, but nowadays I don't need to be concerned about where the nearest public toilet is when I'm out. LOL.
The other thing is maybe look at your diet - take away coffee from certain shops upsets my gut.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:20 PM
GerryL, I have no familiarized myself yet about probiotics between fridge ones and others. Can I ask which one you take?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:30 PM
I use the fridge kind too and I agree with GerryL, the non-fridge ones do not seem to work as well. My brand is "NOW", it is an orange label with 4 x 6 acidophilus on the label. Janne
Dx'd: 8/2008. Started Gleevec 400 mg 11/08.
Drug break 2011.
Started Tasigna 4/11 450 mg.
Reduction to 300 mg Tasigna 1/2012.
PCRU 4/2013 through 3/2015. (Reduced to 150 mg 7/2014)
12/2015 ? slightly detectable at probably less than 0.01% per Mayo Clinic.
4/2016 PCRU. Still at 150 mg Tasigna.
CESSATION: stopped treatment 7/20/2017.
9/6/2017: barely detectable at 0.01%.
12/11/2017: PCR at 0.09% (did not do the monthly PCR testing.)
12/18/2017: Inevitable call from Onc. Started back on Tasigna at 150 mg. (Considering Sprycel low dose.)
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:12 PM
I'm on Tasigna as well, and I use Phillips Colon Health which is a daily tablet with no problem. I find the yogurt doesn't work for me, probably because I can't stand it so I don't use it as long as I'm supposed to. I haven't really looked into any others since the pill works well.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:35 PM
My brand is Inner Health - not sure if it is available in the US. Either your chemist or your health food store should carry one of the brands in their fridge.
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