• who is taking gemcitabine ?

    Asked by Manna2013 on Sunday, April 14, 2013

    who is taking gemcitabine ?

    just satred first dose for my father

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    • anskysue's Avatar
      anskysue (Best Answer!)

      It is one of the three drugs that I am taking.

      over 4 years ago
    • Manna2013's Avatar
      Manna2013

      my father started 4 days ago he is on ondansetron 8mg as needed 12 hourly but he is vomitting what ever he is taking, only IV fluids in the ER, is it like that?? and for how long?

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      My dad had gemcitabine (Gemzar) for his stage IV pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Seven infusions before it failed.

      One thing you could look into is something that I was reading-- the possibility of using vitamin C in combination with the gemcitabine. You might ask the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network pancan.org about it. I know it's being studied for stage 4, and it looked like the early study was promising, without too many side effects compared to the other combinations of drugs. I do not know if it was studied for earlier stage pancreatic cancers.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      In general, the worst day was the third day. In other words, he would have chemo on a Friday, then would experience symptoms on Sunday-- nausea, fatigue. I would ask, if he hasn't already, for something to take at home just in case he has nausea. Something like Compazine or Zofran. He did not lose his hair with gemcitabine. He had low blood platelets, which it appears caused a rash and swelling in his lower legs. They tested his blood count before each chemo session, and if his platelets were too low, they postponed chemotherapy. He also had a low white blood count, and received an injection of Neupogen for that.

      over 4 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar
      JMS

      I think many pancreatic cancer patients are given Gemzar at one time or another. Over the past year, in 2 separate treatment cycles, I received 18 infusions. I was given the nausea medicine (steroides basically) before each infusion and this helped me to feel pretty good for 24-30 hours or so after receiving Gemzar. Especially in the 2nd Gemzar treatment cycle (after the chemo-radiation phase), I experienced quite a bit of abdominal pain and nausea (apparently from the chemo hitting the yet unhealed radiation burns), but the meds doctors prescribed tended to help quite a bit. Please let us know if you have other specific questions. JMS

      over 4 years ago
    • anskysue's Avatar
      anskysue

      I take the ondansetron, 8 mg, every 8 hours (I set up a reminder on my phone so I won't forget a dose) starting on the night I get home from chemo at 10 pm and continuing every 8 hours for 5 days straight. My doc/pharmacist said preventing the nausea is easier then getting rid of it once it starts. I know there are so many other nausea meds that he should work with his doctor to try something else. I actually have 3 others that they ranked in order for me to try if the one I am taking does not work but luckily I have never had to take any of the others. It is nice to know I've got them if I need them. I've been on the gemcitabine since November 1 and get it two weeks in a row and then a week off before the next cycle. I tend to get a little bit of stomach pain but not really nausea (I have thrown up only twice since starting). My pharmacist at the chemo center has been a great resource of different options - if you can talk to that person, try to do so.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Manna2013,
      Gemzar is considered the first line in pancreatic cancer. It is a very good drug. I am attaching a link for you. I am an oncology nurse so if you have any questions you can find me here, Carm RN.

      http://www.chemocare.com/chemotherapy/drug-info/gemcitabine.aspx

      over 4 years ago

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