UPS delivered my first month of the Ibrance this morning.
Was kind of bummed to see that the pills are so big.
I have placed a quarter besides one of the pills so you can see the size. Also, the reason that there is a row of pills "missing" from the bottom, is that on days 1-21, I take one pill daily, then on days 22-28, I don't take any; then the 28 day cycle will start all over again.
The good thing is that these pills must be taken with food. I have found when I have to swallow a large pill, it's easier to do so with food. What I do is I chew up a normal bite of food, then just before I swallow it, I put the pill in my mouth; it's much easier for me that way.
I'm currently taking the Femera, the drug that goes along with it, at dinner time, so that is when I will take the Ibrance as well.
As I've mentioned before, the most important thing to keep an eye on with this drug is my white blood counts, and I will be getting a CBC done weekly while I am on this. Other possible side effects (and not everyone has them) include diarrhea, hair thinning or loss, mouth sores, nausea and tiredness.
I finished up the last of the antibiotic I was on for the cellulitis Friday morning, and thankfully, the bad headaches I had every day while on it have stopped too. Even though I was pretty certain at the time that was what was causing the headaches, with the cancer, it concerns me when a new symptom comes up that I haven't had before (I have headaches fairly often, but not usually daily for so many days in a row, and lasting all day), so in the back of mind, I was concerned a bit that maybe something with the cancer had changed. So while having headaches as a side effect of the antibiotic is not a good thing, it's a relief to know that the headaches weren't because of something worse.
I've got a little bit of a headache this afternoon, but it feels more like my usual headaches which are triggered by my allergies and changes in the weather.