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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 2 weeks ago #72764

  • mrsb04
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I have terminated my participation in the PRN 1008 (Rilzabrutinib) trial. 
It is a very well organised trial  and I've been closely  monitored but with  a count of 14 last week and 13 yesterday I have failed  to meet the criteria to be offered an extension trial so there is no point me staying on it any longer.
Plus I can now stop taking the anti sickness meds. 

I am allowed to take nothing but Prednisolone for the next 4 weeks and will be monitored weekly. After the 4 week period I can take add in something else. 
I have 4 options open to me
-: Fostamatinib which kept my count above 30  (with 5mg Pred added in) for most of the trial I was on all those years ago. I had no side       effects. However I have now discovered it may affect bone remodelling and is classed as  risk factor for osteoporotic patients. Not that I can   find any research being conducted regarding this. I'm going to contact the Consultant I see at the metabolic bone clinic and ask his advice. 
-: Avatrombopag has finally ( about 4 days ago)  been licensed  over here but it will be about 12 weeks before it is available
-: Myofortic which is closely related to MMF which I've taken before but didn't like. Made me very low in mood. 
-: Rituximab 

Oh for a count above 30 and I'll feel normal again. 

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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 2 weeks ago #72765

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I'm so sorry to read this, mrsb.   Hopefully you'll find something that works for you soon.
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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 1 week ago #72767

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Oh shoot mrsb - I'm so sorry, had big hopes for you and this trial!   But it sounds like you are looking forward and have other options to consider.   If you went on Fostamatinib would you have to take the 5mg pred along with it?  It would be nice to not have to take prednisone at all, that stuff is nasty and can cause so many problems.  You will get to 30k and feel normal again!!!  
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD
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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 1 week ago #72768

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HI Melanie
Hopefully I will be able to taper off Pred but I'm not going to rush it. 

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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 1 week ago #72772

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You are smart not to rush pred as you have been on it a while - and as I said, that stuff is nasty!!   I know in my heart prednisone caused problems with my knees & shoulders and made my skin thin.   
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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 1 day ago #72792

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So my count on Friday was 5 and is 10 today. I am covered in bruises and have volunteered to put my pred dose up to 10mg/day for a few days. 
I have  had 46 platelet counts since I started Atorvastatin in February. Only 6 times has my count been above 20 since then and 17 times in single figures. Haemo has stopped the statin for 3 months. Be interesting to see if count improves.

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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 11 hours ago #72794

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Aw, mrsb, I'm so sorry you're going through this.  Wish I could give you some of my platelets.
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I am no longer on the drug trial 2 months 7 hours ago #72795

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If the lower counts started w/the statin then it would seem that is the problem.  
mrsb you sure are having a time of it - I'm so sorry!!!
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I am no longer on the drug trial 1 month 4 weeks ago #72797

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Mel
Maybe more a case of the statin not allowing my counts to climb  as they had been low for a couple of months before I started taking it. 

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