Posted 14 December 2015 - 07:46 PM
Buzz and Gail - I cannot disagree. These targeted drugs were designed for a specific disease but as experience and research has shown, can affect other body functions and diseases as well.
Speaking of long term effects and toxicity, that was a question I often asked my doctors at MD Anderson over the years. Early on they would just say that it was too new and more time was needed to determine that. Later they emphasized that controlling the disease is more positive than the side effects are negative. In my case, I had to agree and moved on to enjoy and make the most of my life. CML faded as a primary concern as I saw my blood tests and BMAs come back negative year after year. It was only recently that I thought it prudent to revisit the state of knowledge around CML treatment. My stopping experience and renewed awareness has been enlightening. Glad I found this forum, too. I'm learning a lot from you all.
Alajazz, no doubt, as Trey has repeatedly said, TKI's suppress the effects of numerous other maladies, such as arthritis, high blood pressure, etc., that come back to haunt us when we discontinue TKI's, or even just reduce the dosage. While it's true that more time is needed to determine withdrawal effects from most TKI's, Gleevec has been around long enough to have developed a knowledge base on these issues. That information doesn't seem to be readily available. While TKI's, in controlling CML, affect each of us differently, they can also create major problems for at least some of us. I'm really worn out from spending so much of my life "home doctoring" (time and effort spent dealing with illness/injury/pain, mostly pain) and that was even before I was diagnosed with CML and began taking Gleevec, which seems to compound and exacerbate so many of the issues I am dealing with, if not creating new issues. Makes me determined to try and get off of Gleevec if at all possible.
For the benefit of yourself and others please add your CML history into your Signature
02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2017 01/17 TFR, 04/18 TFR, 07/18 TFR 0.0012, 08/29 TFR 0.001, 10/17 TFR 0.000
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
At the earliest opportunity, and whenever possible, lower your TKI dosage; TKIs are toxic drugs and the less we take longterm the better off we are going to be ... this is especially true for older adults.
In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
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