hi i havent started yet- lol i didnt understand the dmd- what can i say- go for eye examine tuesday,keep fingers crossed! i cant wait! but yeh i knew what the crab drugs were-lol
thanks will post -hope i can get on it!! hugs! tick
well--- i start my first dose this comming thursday!! there is something about thursday, it seems,lol! i had just about thought well they arent going to put me on it- lol when i got it through the mail!! its a 6 hr. thing at hospital, just for our benifit , if something would go wrong. slows your heart but hey- maybe we will live forever with this!! ha!! will keep you informed!
hi well took gilenya yesterday- stayed for 6 hr to moniter me- all went fine! in fact my blood pressure went up -weird guess it usually goes down some. and have taken another one a few hrs ago, its a piece of cake! no more shots! yeh!! me!!
well is everyone thats on this doing ok? any thing maybe any of us need to know?? in 3 months i do blood work- and eye test again just to check and see everything is ok.
I've been on it since February and just got my first lab results back today. My lymphocytes were extremely low, but thankfully my WBC was low normal, but normal. My neuro's nurse told me to be diligentabout washing hands and staying waway from sick people. That is hard to do when I take public transportation, ha!
I have found that taking my daily dose at night before I go to bed. This was after trial and error in that when I took it in the morning I felt flu-like for several hours. At night, I seem to sleep through all that.
Has anyone found the gilenya support nurses very helpful? I am happy that they don't pester you as much as the nurses at Copaxone with all those phone calls and robotic discussions, but the gilenya one just called me once to see that I did my 6-hour observation dose and that I'm filling the script. That was it.
How is everyone else doing? We are in such a uniqe situation being the first group to go on the oral meds other than those people in the clinical trials, so let's try to keep the communication open. It helps us and the rest of the group who may be prescribed this med in the future.
Also, anyone who was in the clinicals would also have mouch to contribute.to us newbies.
Your right, Julie. Not many here on it yet. Can I ask you a favor? Can you (or any members on Gilenya) keep this discussion bumped up from time-to-time because I know we miss some who pass through and don't see it because it slips off the front page....
Absolutely. We'll be seeing more as time goes on. It's still a relatively new drug but I hope if they are on it that they share as well. Everyone benefits from hearing what's new in MS therapy from first-hand experience.
hi- just telling it was doing me ok- it was around my 4th month- and my white count got tooo low- he said i was the one per cent-rare- that cant take it- so im fine its comming back up no problem- i sure hope it works 4 you all!! hugs
I have my MSologist appointment tomorrow and am growing anxious. I am curious about this medication. I suspect I don't qualify to take though with not having a spleen if issues involve the white cell count, they won't risk my getting an infection and not being able to fight it. :(
This drug is an immunosupprssant. It suppresses your immune system by sequestering the lymphocytes in your lymph nodes so they aren't out running round reacting to everything our bodies have to fight off every day. If the lympjhocytes are low, that means the drug is doing its job, no issue there if the rest of the CBC is normal. Does it make us more susceptable to getting sick? My neuro says "not necessarily" but that the potential is there that when we do get sick it can be worse or take longer to recover from. And keep in mind that the interferons (Rebif, Avonex, Betaseron) are immunosuppressants and carry similar risks.
Each of our bodies is different and responds to surgery and viruses/colds differently. You can have major surgery and come out with no issues of infection or have a relatively minor procedure and end up with an infection where they don't typically expect an infection to occur.
I can only speak to my own experience with this drug keeping in mind I am nearly 50 (ughh) so MS and other possible health issues may come into play. Maybe for you younger women/men who are otherwise healthy, may have no issues at all. I am personally committed to staying on the drug until my neuro thinks that the risk outweighs the benefit and so far we are not even close to that being an issue.
Just one clarification. The interferons (Rebif, Avonex, Betaseron) and Copaxone are all classified as immunomodulators. They don't suppress the immune systerm. They cause a specific change in the way the immune system works in MS without changing the effectiveness of how the body responds to other threats.
Tonight the Australian government announced that Gilenya was now on the PBS (public benefit scheme) which means that it is heavily subsidised and costs should (if memory serves) be approx $28 per script, $5 if your on a disability pension. It has been fast tracked because of the 'promising' results, got to love it!
Good luck everyone, i'm closely watching your experiences :-)
Hi Gilenya users! I am thinking of switching my DMD and am wondering what the latest news on Gilenya is. It's been about a year since many of you have started it! I would like to know what you think of it and how has worked for you so far.
I am still doing well on it. I am glad that I started using it. I have only really had one relapse on it and it was mild. I did take steroids for it because I have got to chace my 3 little ones around.
I was put on Gilenya end of July. I have experienced some of the small side effects such as some acne which is clearing up. I really can't say that I've had the issues with fatigue due to the medication, everything seemed to just be the same for me. I have some hair loss, but this started before being on the medication so could be due to stress, etc... I don't have any itchiness, redness, or some of the other side effects you get with other DMDs, plus I don't have to worry about scar tissues and changing the injection sites so Gilenya works well for me. Choosing a DMD is an individual decision, and you need to choose the one you feel most comfortable about using.
I have been on Gilenya for 3 months now. I am going to have my checkups next week so I don't have any real data yet.
I can tell you that I feel so much better since starting the Gilenya. I have been healthy, no colds or illnesses at all. Although I still have difficulty walking, I really am doing better. I am getting around outside using my cane instead of a walker because my balance and strength have really improved! indoors, I am walking independently :)
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