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The Drugs…

I thought i would do a quick post giving a run down on the drugs that I’m currently on. The first on the list is the main event.

Capecitabine - The drug that does the work

Capecitabine - The drug that does the work

Capecitabine is the drug that i have to take 4 tablets (2gm) twice a day every 12 hours. This is a 5-flurouracil prodrug. The prodrug part means it gets metabolised into the active parts of the drug at the location of action, the idea being that it reduces the overall side effects. 5-FU is a DNA base analogue that gets incorporated into the DNA of rapidly dividing cells (namely the cancer cells) and then prevents them from dividing and growing further. This stuff is so toxic that 5 have to wash my hands after handling the the tablets.

Loperimide - Treats the Diarrhoea

Loperimide - Treats the Diarrhoea

Loperimide is the next drug in the lineup. This is essentially just an anti-diarrhoea drug, one of the main side-effects of Capecitabine.

Ondansatron - The Rolls Royce of anti-emetics

Ondansatron - The Rolls Royce of anti-emetics

Ondansatron is one of the best, and most expensive anti-emetics around, so much so that I can only get a script for this bad boy for no more than 6 a month.. so I have to use is sparingly……

Domperidone - another anti-emetic

Domperidone - another anti-emetic

Domperidone is another anti-emetic, that i take 2 tabs of 4 times a day, usually half an hour before each meal, then before bed.

Dexamethasone - Used as an anti-emetic

Dexamethasone - Used as an anti-emetic

Dexamethasone is a really really potent steroid, and will make me fat fast if I’m not careful. Its also a really really good anti-emetic, although its mechanism of action isn’t really known. They just know it works really well. This one is 2 tabs per day after breakfast.

Paracetamol - An oldie but a goodie

Paracetamol - An oldie but a goodie

And Finally, Paracetamol is just a good run-of-the-mill drug, it makes me sleep better at night, and helps with all the aches and pains the come with cramping all the time with the Capecitabine.

So there was a quick rundown on what Chemo involves. And don’t forget the 2 hour infusion of Oxaliplatin that I get at the beginning as well.

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  1. Simon
    February 7, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Nice pics, but your carpet could do with a vacuum 🙂

    • Jared
      February 7, 2009 at 8:04 am

      yeah, its probably cos i just finished eating chips over the same spot… Hannah vacuumed it later in the day though 🙂

  2. Jaime
    February 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

    wow, only 6 ondansetron a month? thats no fair Jared, we used to give the kiddies i looked after on chemo IV ondansetron every 2 hours! no kidding! imagine the price tag on that!

    • Jared
      February 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

      When I’m in the hospital they go for gold cos the drug is funded by the hospital, its once I’m discharged that the pharmac funding issues kick in :-(. At this stage though, domperidone seems to be keeping everything under control.

  3. julz
    June 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    wow its crazy to see someone else on all th same drugs iv had in the past year!!!im still very tingly in fingers and toes 6 mnths after treatment….im really enjoying reading your blog your bloody funny..aklnd girl 33 yrs

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