I started Ibrance and Letrozole in August of 2017. Perhaps it is fitting that it was almost two years to the day that I had to change my regimen because of progression. Yes, it’s a mild progression and I’m clinging to that. So, I’ve now been on Piqray and Faslodex for a week and I’ve learned a few things that I would like to share, in no particular order.
- Faslodex shots are not fun.
- Faslodex side effects are more tolerable for me than Letrozole, but the first few days were a bit more intense than I was expecting.
- It is absolutely necessary not to be standing on the leg where the shot is being administered. Thank you to all of the people who warned me about this!
- Faslodex shots (there are always two) must be administered in the top of one’s gluteus maximus and always at least room temperature.
- Faslodex shots are not defrosted until one is in the infusion center, so plan for an extra 45 minutes unless you make a deal with a nurse.
- Zyrtec makes me drowsy and irritable.
- Food is a must when taking Piqray.
- Piqray is a weird name.
- Piqray needs new packaging that is actually child proof!
- Why couldn’t they just send one pill per day?!
There you have it, my ten new pieces of information as I embark on this new medication combination. Still trying to figure out drug interactions when it pertains to CBD and THC. Never a dull moment but this change has been particularly disruptive, probably at least partially because it has been a while since a change was necessary.
I’m still angry at my cancer. I’m still upset that it took me so much effort to get these meds.
And now I’m headed to yoga.