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Switching to Tasigna has been a good thing ... so far!

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#1 nathaliece


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:18 PM

Hi all,

After 2 1/2 years on 400 mg Gleevec (and reaching PCRU). The bone pain was significantly increasing in frequency and intensity.  My oncologists would not agree to lower the dosage of Gleevec but did agree to switch me to Tasigna a month ago.  The side effects I am experiencing on the Tasigna are much less.  The bone pain has been negligible and no GI or nausea issues.  The first 10 days or so felt like the flu and then I had a rash and itching which has dissipated.  I wish I had made the change earlier!


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:36 PM

Nice job!

I had a pretty similar response to you, incl. the why didn't I do this earlier. I've been on Tasigna 7 months now and I felt pretty damn fine after 1 month, but I feel even better now. Even at this new improved state I'm still not 100% indicating just how much less than normal I was on gleevec and how well we adapt to feeling that way. Hope you and Tasigna continue to play well together.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 12:14 AM

Hi Nat,

  Thanks for posting that. We're all nervous about changing meds. After I had that pe in March I was taken off Sprycel right away. I thought I was tolerating it well as far as s-e go. I was really nervous about going on a new med. My onc sent me to another onc for a second opinion, they decided to put me back on Sprycel, 50mg, and they are doing a chest x-ray every month my schedule says to get one ev. mo. until July. So I'm really hoping I can stay on Sprycel, but time will tell. If I have to change meds it's really great to hear from you and others who are doing well on a different med. I'm really happy for you.  Billie

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:42 PM


I know you have had some challenges and I hope things improve and stabilize for you.  Enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend!


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