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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 3 weeks 15 hours ago #67586

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After been in no man's land with my counts for almost 9 months (30 k - 50k) my last week drop to 14K open the heart and the wallet :) of my insurance company, who will pay my Promacta (Revolade) treatment.
Keep you update. I hope I will be among those 80% who have a successful long term reaction to it.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 3 weeks 14 hours ago #67587

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Promacta suits me. I avoid calcium whenever possible after 6pm taking dose at midnight when on nights and last thing before I go to bed if I'm not. It can take a while to be effective. Sometimes dose changes take a while to kick in.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 2 weeks 2 days ago #67604

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Cheers to Promacta Mr Marx.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 1 week 1 day ago #67659

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Most of us are told to avoid calcium 4 hours before and 2 hours after taking Promacta. (That's why I take my Promacta between 3 and 4 a.m.!)
I wasn't told, however, to avoid taking iron pills before and after Promacta. When my hematologist told me to take iron pills because my iron levels are low, he didn't give me any timing instructions. When I talked with the special pharmacy that sends me my Promacta, however, the pharmacist told me that iron would definitely interfere with Promacta. AND calcium interferes with absorption of iron. So it is tricky indeed to find a time to take my iron pill.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 1 week 19 hours ago #67663

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Don't you get patient information leaflets (PIL) in you pill boxes in the US? In the UK we do.
Eltrombopag chelates polyvalent cations (such as iron, calcium, aluminum, magnesium, selenium, and zinc) in foods, mineral supplements, and antacids.
There also some medications where caution is recommended. These are listed in the PIL.
Karen do you take calcium supplements or are you just on about calcium in your diet?
Iron is best taken first thing and washed down with orange juice as Vitamin C aids iron absorption. No calcium for 2 hours before or after are UK guidelines.
It is a hideous balancing act taking multiple medications.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 1 week 21 minutes ago #67682

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Ms. B, I don't take calcium supplements, but I drink at least 2 glasses of milk a day and consume yogurt and cheese. And ice cream! MY husband is vegetarian, and I do rely on dairy probably more than most people in my food preparation.

Kaiser sticks several sheets of info about Promacta in every package I get--and the material about calcium, magnesium, and aluminum is clear. There's also a section on Eltrombopag affecting statins. Nothing about iron supplements though. I take Promacta between 3 and 4 a.m. (I don't sleep very well anyway). That way if I want milk and cookies or ice cream before I go to bed, it's okay. I always use dairy for breakfast. If I'm having a dairy-free lunch, I'll take the iron tablet with lunch; if I'm having a dairy-free dinner, I'll take the iron tablet with dinner. Sometimes I just take the iron tablet in the middle of the afternoon with fruit and bread--a couple of hours from a regular meal. You're right--it IS an incredible balancing act!

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 6 days 19 hours ago #67689

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 6 days 10 hours ago #67693

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Mrs. B, no, Kaiser's pages aren't nearly as easy-to-read as these. There are a lot of pages, but one has to search hard to find the material.
Thank you for sending this.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 6 days 10 hours ago #67694

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Karen
Interesting..over here in the UK it is called Revolade, still made by Novartis so why it has different names in different countries is beyond me. We get ours in sealed boxes with the manufacturers leaflet inside.

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PROMACTA TREATMENT 14TH OCTOBER 4 days 6 hours ago #67707

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I think it has to do with needing unique patents in each country. Not sure.

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