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#1 Molly G

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:50 AM

Does anyone have any experience with the medication Tracleer?

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:02 PM

Hello Molly,

Welcome to the forums! I have no personal experience of Tracleer but can direct you to information we have on site about it, it's also known as Bosentan.

It seems to have various uses in systemic sclerosis, what are you taking/going to take it for?

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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:30 PM

Hi Molly,

Just popping in to welcome you too.

I also don't have any experience of Tracleer. The medication I take for pulmonary hypertension is ambrisentan, also known as Letairis. Aside from continuous nasal congestion, I've had no side effects from it. I've been on it about 3-1/2 years and it seems to be working pretty well.

I hope to see you around the Forums.
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

Hi Molly,

Welcome to these forums!

As the others have said, I also have no actual personal experience of Tracleer (bosentan) so I've included another link for you to give you some more information.

Do keep posting and let us get to know you.

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#5 Molly G

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 04:40 PM

I was diagnosed with scleroderma this summer, and have pulmonary hypertension. I started the Tracleer today. I wondered how others have tolerated it.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:01 PM

Hello Molly,

My goodness you're a newbie, how are you finding making the transition from being well to not so much? I'm waiting to find out whether I'm heading towards a potential pulmonary hypertension diagnosis myself so who knows I may soon be asking the same question myself!

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 11:51 AM

Howdy Molly,

I've been on Tracleer for a year. I haven't noticed any side effects yet, but do notice that if I don't take it the pain in my chest is worse...so hopefully it is working. :)

HUGS and keep us posted :)

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:54 PM

Hi Molly!

Adding my welcome as well! I haven't had any testing for that yet. Hope you are otherwise faring well!

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 11:44 PM

I've taken Tracleer (for PH) for a few years with no ill effects. It has potential for liver damage, which is why there is a required monthly liver blood test to make sure the liver isn't being hurt.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

Thank all of you for all your comments. Anything I can learn is helpful.

Molly G

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:29 AM

Molly,

Welcome to the Sclero Forums! I'm sorry to hear that you were diagnosed with scleroderma and PH on the same day! But the good news with that is they probably caught the PH early with is definitely a good thing. I've been on Tracleer for almost 5 years. I was started at full dose of 125 mg - twice a day, but when my pulmonary artery pressure dropped enough (within 1.5 years of starting Tracleer), my dosage was reduced to 62.5 mg - twice a day. I have had no side effects that I know of other than a GOOD side effect - my Raynaud's isn't near as bad as it use to be! As Craig mentioned it is important to get your liver function checked monthly because it can cause liver damage. With that said - after 5 years on this medication my liver enzymes still show a very healthy liver.

There are some medications that you can not take with it, so be sure to have a good discussing with the pharmacist - not the doctor. I actually had to stop my rheumatologist from putting me on cyclosporine A because you can't take that with Tracleer. He was not aware of it, but looked it up and saw I was right. Also, if you take iron supplements, you shouldn't take iron within an hour of taking the Tracleer. Just a couple of things that I've learned while taking this med. I'm sure you'll do just fine with it. If you explore the abstracts at the links that Jo and Amanda provided you'll learn more about it. The good news is that it has been shown to be effective!!!

Let us know how you are doing. Again, welcome!
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:31 PM

Molly, let me add my WARM welcome. I don't have any experience with that particular drug.
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Warm and gentle hugs,

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:13 PM

Hi Molly

I can't offer any advice on that subject but wanted to welcome you too!
Sending good wishes your way!

#14 Molly G

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:57 PM

Thank you all so much.

Molly G