Posted 09 April 2017 - 11:51 AM
So after 2 - 3 weeks of being on half-dose (200mg) of gleevec, my wife developed some itchiness and skin rashes. We were unsure what caused it so she has now gone back on full dose. Did anyone experience a similar reaction while lowering gleevec dosage.
We are not even sure if the two things are related, but we didn't know what to do...
gianfranko, withdrawal side-effects from TKIs come in many shapes and forms, and are experienced by a significant percentage of people who either reduce their dosage, or have ceased taking a TKI, but they normally dissipate with time. Perhaps first reducing to 300mg, by alternating full dose (400mg) and half dose (200mg), will lessen these side-effects, or at least make them more tolerable until, with time, they fade away.
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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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