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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27547

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Hi all,

I was diagnosed with ITP in April. My platelets are currently staying stable at 29k after being on 100mg of promacta for about two months. I recently signed on here about a week ago and read about papaya leaf extract. I am wondering if anyone out there has used both papaya leaf extract and promacta together and wht their results were. I just started using the papaya leaf extract this past Friday, and my counts on Monday stayed the same from the week before. Just wondering what others have experienced. Anybody have negative side effects from using both together?

Thanks!

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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27574

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I don't use either but I can tell you that if you use both at the same time, you won't know which is working and which is causing any side effects.

I'd bet that if you get a rise in counts though, it will be due to Promacta.

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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27576

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When people combine treatments I always think of two examples - ammonia and bleach which can kill you but who would guess that, and grapefruit juice and lipitor, which makes the lipitor ineffective. Combinations, especially when we don't understand the mechanism of one or more of the elements, can be deadly, or problematic, or who knows. Maybe it's the cure.
Erica
And she was!
Diagnosed May 2005, lowest count 8K.
4/22/08: 43K (2nd Rituxan)
10/01/09: 246K, 1/8/10: 111K, 5/21/10: 233K
Latest count: 7/27/2015: 194K

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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27577

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Really? Grapefruit juice makes Lipitor ineffective? Wonder why it does that. Grapefruit juice usually makes drugs more potent, even toxic in some cases. This one is the opposite. I'd never heard that before. Thanks for the info.

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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27586

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I read that grapefruit juice inhibits the breakdown of soemthing in Lipitor so that more of the drug gets into the blood stream than should so you have an overdose. Either way, since I started taking drugs for ITP I gave up grapefruit juice just in case.

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Using Promacta and papaya leaf extract together? 10 years 2 months ago #27603

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I read a book once called Bitter Pills that was very interesting. It was written by a man whose wife drank grapefruit juice one morning with an antibiotic (Floxin). It made the antibiotic so toxic that she ended up with permanent neurological damage. Until I'd read that book, I never knew about grapefruit juice and medications. That was about 14 years ago. Scary. I guess you never know what concoctions will clash.

Luckily, I think the stuff is bitter and don't like it anyway.

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