OK guys, I need help!
I am currently negotiating with my oncologist as to my starting dose of Sprycel. I wouldn't be so concerned, but I haven't had great luck with these drugs in the past.
When first diagnosed I started Gleevec at 400mg. After one month I was taken off due to myleosuppresion. It took 3 months for my counts to stabilize in order to try a reduced dosage.
So then I started Gleevec 300mg. Again, within one month myelosupression and took another 3 months for my counts to stabilize.
So then I started Tasigna at a reduced dose of 300mg once per day. It took 4 days for good ole' Bilirubin to spike up to 5.8. Which is when they discovered I have something called Gilbert's disease- which basically just affects the livers' ability to process toxins- great. Anyway so then my oncologist suggested Sprycel.
So Sprycel- due to my sensitivities with the other drugs I asked my oncologist if I could start at a reduced dose of 50mg per day. He suggested 100mg ever other day.
What do I do?