I have been on Gleevec since DX in May 2011. Started on 400 and had side effects such as fatigue, nausea. My numbers were coming down so my onc dropped my doseage to 200 which worked good until last July when they started going back up. New onc started me back to 400 three times a week and 200 the other days. Side effects were even worse than when I was on it before. In fact now when I take the 200 MG, I get sick and stay sick most of day. I've tried taking at different times of day and still was sick. Tried at night with evening meal and could not sleep. Saw my onc today and talked to him about it and he said he was hesitant to change me since I was holding steady with my numbers. Geez, he's not the one staying sick all the time and to tired to get up and do even my laundry and meals. He did tell me he would talk to me next time when I go in six weeks about changing to Tasigna. He said I would have to have an EKG before taking it and another in about a month after starting it.
My question is to those that are on Tasigna. Did you change from something else and what are the side effects? He did tell me that had he been my onc at beginning, he would have started me on Tasigna at DX as he does all his patients. I have seen many discussions on here that said after changing to Tasigna, you have more energy and felt so much better. I would be so appreciative of any discussions or thoughts on this. So tired of being tired and sick besides.