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Posted 24 December 2014 - 02:08 PM

With Tasigna, there are guidelines on having ECG's.  But, I'm really confused by one part of the recommendations.


Here are the recommendations, exactly:

Your doctor should check your heart with a test called an electrocardiogram (ECG):

  • Before starting TASIGNA
  • 7 days after starting TASIGNA
  • With any dose changes
  • Regularly during TASIGNA treatment

What does "regularly" mean?  Monthly?  Biannually?  Annually? What do your oncologists interpret "regularly" to mean?

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 09:28 AM

I am on Sprycel and I get checked every quarter or so.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 11:16 PM

I am taking Tasigna and my onc wants me to get an annual EKG.  I have had no heart issues from taking Tasigna.

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 11:53 PM

Just my thoughts....

I had one EKG prior to initiating Tasigna.  That was just over a year ago. I did have another one when I was experiencing some PACs.  My electrolytes have been within normal limits and I've had no illnesses nor take any drugs that would affect the electrolyte balance.  I think the key is to take it on an empty stomach and keep a check on your electrolytes.  I would think that having an EKG at 6- to 12-month intervals would be reasonable in the patient who is not experiencing any symptoms or other cardiac issues.  I think a person having prolonged QT intervals would be aware that there was a problem that needed immediate attention.

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