Keytruda (Thread 279581)

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Texas Turtle Says:

I just failed Ippy. Now my oncologist wants to start Keytruda 1/16/15. Those of you who have been on Keytruda for awhile - does it carry the same restrictions as Ippy (no caffeine, chocolate, etc)? I don' see it in any of the literature.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Texas Turtle! How are you? I'm sorry that the Ippy didn't work for you.

I'm not seeing anything listed regarding such restrictions with the Keytruda, but your oncologist might want you to stay away from them for other reasons, sometimes it's just due to how harsh they can be on the stomach, which could compound the problems the medication may cause.

Typical side effects of Keytruda, as listed by the FDA may include nausea, itching, feeling tired, decreased appetite and joint pain.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Cheryl Says:

I have been on Keytruda for a year with good results-- progression free. My clinical trial head nurse said not to get the flu shot this year.

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Cheryl Says:

I have been on Keytruda for over a year with 20% shrinkage of my tumors. The only restriction is to not have a flu shot.

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Anne Says:
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My husband has Stage IV lung cancer and after platinum-based chemo cocktail stopped working, he began Keytruda infusion every 3 weeks. Side effects were minimal compared to earlier treatments, but his fatigue is extreme. Brushing his teeth exhausts him. Is there anything that can help?

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