This week I've been getting used to Ibrance (palbociclib). This is the brand new chemo recently approved by the FDA.
I took the first dose last Thursday morning and felt woozy and slightly nauseous all day long. After asking my nurse, I switched to taking it at night. Her theory: if I took it at night, the nausea etc. might not bother me as much. All weekend long I was still slightly nauseous and tired, but by Monday morning I felt like my usual self. That's continued for the rest of the week.
Other side effects have included joint pain in my wrists and elbows as well as in my hips, but hip pain was a chronic discomfort long before I took the first dose of Ibrance. I've felt moderately fatigued, and sleep about 12 hours a night. If I feel nauseous, I take Ativan and it stops the nausea but also puts me to sleep. So I've napped every afternoon as well.
I've had an odd side effect. I've felt a strong need to urinate, combined with low back pain, that caused me to suspect I had a urinary tract infection. Lab tests indicated no trace of an infection, but I still had that too- frequent urge to "go." Nurse J is looking into this as a possible side effect, and a friend who is on the extended trial at Swedish told me that one of those women reported something similar. We shall see. I've been taking AZO over-the-counter to help deal with the pain and discomfort I experience at night. Last night was the first night I slept straight through from 1 AM (the last time I gout out of bed to pee) until noon.
Now it's time for my nighttime snack. Ibrance must be taken with food. Let's see, shall I have a bowl of cereal? Cracker with cream cheese or nut butter? Half a toasted bagel with butter? My stomach grumbled at that last, so bagel it is.
Do send me your ideas for a quick and tasty late night snack, preferably low in sugar. I clearly have to expand my snacking horizons...