New Drugs: Use Them Or Pass

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davecholly
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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Today my hematologist mentioned a drug that is relatively new on the market [The FDA approved it in September of 2009 under what they call an accelerated approval because it meets unmet medical needs). The drug is called Pralatrexate and it is marketed under the brand name Folotyn].

Has anyone here contemplated taking a drug the extent of the side effects of which are not yet fully known? I'm kind of torn here. We hear so much about some drugs having horrendous consequences a few years after they debut.

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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I WOULD CONTINUE TO RESEARCH IT. MAYBE OTHERS HAVE AND OR A USING IT. BE CAUTIOUS. WITH COMPASSION, JAMIE
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   Posted 3/24/2011 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of this drug yet. I will google it and see what it comes up with. I do know that the newer drugs are better and less side effects. But some of the old ones are good too. I wish you the best, it can't hurt to try it. Let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 3/24/2011 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
well it is fda approved afterall. jamie
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   Posted 3/24/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 

Pralatrexate injection is used to treat peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL; a form of cancer that begins in a certain type of cells in the immune system) that has not improved or that has come back after treatment with other medications. Pralatrexate injection has not been shown to help people who have lymphoma live longer. Pralatrexate injection is in a class of medications called folate analogue metabolic inhibitors. It works by killing cancer cells.

Folotyn is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. You will need to take folic acid and receive vitamin B12 injections while you are using Folotyn.

I did not find any info re Depression treatment. As you said,  this is a new drug so there is not a lot of research re long term side effects.

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Kitt


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davecholly
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   Posted 3/25/2011 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
stkitt wrote: "Pralatrexate injection is used to treat peripheral T-cell lymphoma ...."

Yes, I have what is called Large granular lymphocytic (LGL) leukemia. Methotrexate has been ineffective, as have neupogen injections. If I could have a guaranty that the Pralatrexate would help, at least somewhat, I'd jump at it. Unfortunately, as with so much in medicine, there are no guaranties.

Mentally, I really don't need these types of crises. They only make me anxious.
Dave, two daughters: Echo and Holly. Hence the screen name -- DavEcHolly

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   Posted 3/25/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear that you have LGL Leukemis Dave. I hope that this medication can help you. I understand your feelings on whether or not to try it. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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davecholly
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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Karen.
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   Posted 3/26/2011 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dave,
 
I am so sorry, I did not know you had LGL - you have my prayers and support always.  So many drugs are used off label that I thought that was your question. 
 
Looking at your question from the view point of treating LGL and  knowing you from your very wise posts I would believe you have investigated this drug well. 
 
Would I use this drug - if there were no other choices left to me or my hubby and children, yes I would go for it. 
 
Loss my sister to ovarian cancer little over a year ago and she chose to go for anything that may help her. She was a very brave woman and I loved her dearly - so much grit - cry
 
I have your back, Dave,
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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   Posted 3/26/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
sending healings your way. jamie. keep strong
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