Obviously, the first goal with TKIs is to get a grip on CML. I am curious if there is a "safest" drug of the TKIs in terms of serious side effects. I can't shake anxiety about heart complications and sudden death with Tasigna. And, now that I know that Sprycel carries the same risk, I am terrified to be on Sprycel again, too, which I stopped because of bleeding episodes. I've been on this CML journey for 4 1/2 years now. I was on Sprycel for most of that time and while I was slightly anxious about Pulmonary Hypertension (especially since my daughter has secondary PAH and I know too much about it), I never had panic attacks. With this "sudden death" risk and verbage, I am having panic attacks and then am concerned that a panic attack is going to trigger a heart issue. I'm terrified to take any anti anxiety medications because it seems like everything has a qt syndrome risk and we don't know enough about combining these drugs in my opinion. So, obviously, I'm just a big mess.
Getting to my question...of the TKIs out there, is Gleevec the safest when it comes to very serious risks of these drugs? I have an appointment with my oncologist on Wednesday and don't know if my anxiety levels is going to work with Tasigna or not. Sprycel scares me just as much now that I know it also carries a long qt syndrome risk. I almost didn't post this because I don't want to feed anyone else who may be struggling with anxiety like me (because a post like this would make me more anxious), but I would love some encouragement from those of you who have been able to shake it off and some input on which of these TKIs is actually the safest. I am 32 and have a hubby and small children who need a less anxious mama these days. Thanks!