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Condition: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
1/22/2009 6:29:20 PM

Reviewer: Glad to be Alive, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
I was on interferon injections for 10 years and began on Gleevec when it was still STL157 (in clinical trial). I went into remission fairly quickly and remain so. The worst side effect for me was diarhea, but the side effects of Gleevec are nothing compared to interferon and it has never lowered my red or white counts below the normal range. I was always anemic on the interferon and got infections ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
1/15/2009 3:52:38 PM

Reviewer: fustrated, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1 to less than 2 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 3

Comment:
gleeve has worked well in keeping my white count in control, unfortunately i've gained over 30punds since my diagnosis of november 2007. i'm curious, has anyone had the same problem.

Condition: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
7/7/2008 6:58:10 PM

Reviewer: Momcat, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1 to less than 2 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
I have been on Gleevec for almost 2 years now, and am in complete remission. It took a bit longer for me to achieve this, but once I did I have stayed there. Few side effects--nausea if I take it without food, diarrhea, some aching bones, but generally I work full time, take care of my family and raise my boys. Life is Sweet with this drug--I can't thank Dr Druker enough for inventing it. ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
6/7/2008 5:28:41 PM

Reviewer: shawn, 35-44 Male on Treatment for 1 to less than 2 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 4

Comment:
after a year and a half of taking this medicine @ 400 mg per day I am now in remission.this medicine works very well but is also very expensive.that is the only bad thing about it.i have to take it for at least 2 more years so I am hoping the price will come down.this is too expensive $3500.00 for 30 tablets.my kids have missed out on alot because all my money goes to the medicine but I am still ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia
3/31/2008 1:22:30 PM

Reviewer: John V, 55-64 Male on Treatment for 1 to less than 2 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
I can't say enough about this medication. My white count was over 200,000 when I was first diagnosed with CML. Within 3 weeks of taking the medication my white count dropped 90% with the only side effect being diarrhea. I am down to two tablets per day, the diarrhea is occasional and treated well with Immodium and my PH chromosome count is around 1%. If ever there was a miracle drug, this is i ... Show Full Comment

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