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As you might expect I was put on numerous medications at various times. I will list them below and talk a bit about each of them. My father was the primary person that organized and understood when and how I was supposed to take them. He took care of my dealing with the pharmacies as well as billing issues.
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Dexamethasone (Decadron; Dexameth; Dexone; Hexadrol)
As soon as Dr Kokkino knew I had a tumor he put me on Dexamethasone immediately. Dexamethasone is a steroid used to reduce swelling. I was taking 5mg, three times daily. Aside from making me feel a bit cranky and a little heartburn I didn't have any problems with this medication. I took it from before the craniotomy until about 3 weeks after the surgery.

Cost: This particular medication cost me about $35 for a 90 pill supply. I was buying 10mg pills and cutting them in half.


Dilantin (Phenytoin)
I went on Dilantin at the same time as the Dexamethasone. Dilatin is an anti-seizure medication. I have had no side effects of any kind from this medication. I have been told that they have no intention of taking me off Dilatin. It seems that many people that have a craniotomy tend to stay on this medication for the rest of their lives.

Cost: I was buying a generic version of this medication which costs about $40 a month for a 90 pill supply. I take this pill three times daily.


Kytril
Even though my chemotherapy treatments were not supposed to make me nauseous, Dr Monticelli decided to give me an anti-nausea medication to be on the safe side. I take a 1mg Kytril pill immediately prior to taking each of my chemo treatments. I have had no side effects of any kind from the Kytril. I have also had no nausea from the chemo. I am not sure if that is because of the Kytril or if I just don't get nauseous from the chemo.

I was also given a sample pack of Anzemet to try as well. It is another brand of anti-nausea medication. I didn't have any side effects from it either.

Cost: This pill is excessively expensive in my opinion. Each 1mg Kytril pill costs about $45. I am unsure of the cost of Anzemet.


Pepcid
I was given a prescription for Pepcid due to the fact that the chemotherapy and the dexamethasone both caused me heartburn. I have used both the over the counter Pepcid as well as the prescription Pepcid. They both work well for me.

Cost: The prescription version of Pepcid is about .50 each. Over the counter is about the same price.


Temodar (Temozolomide)
Temodar is the chemotherapy that was decided on by Dr Monticelli. I think I was fairly lucky to have this drug available to me. It is fairly new, but has had great results in it's trials. It is in pill form so I can take it at home and I do not have to go in for injections. As far as chemo treatments go, this one has a suprisingly low amount of side effects.

The chemo treatments have made me quite tired. The biggest side effect I have got from using this medication is cramping in my stomach and intestines. All things considered I think I am getting off pretty easy as far as side effects are concerned. I am currently in my 7th of 12 months of chemo treatments and I am still working full time.

Cost: This prescription is quite expensive. If your insurance does not cover the expensive of this drug you should look into alternate payment methods. My first month of this medication cost $13,750. I have Blue Cross medical insurance and they do not cover this medication.


Avastin (Bevacizumab)
Bevacizumab is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Bevacizumab is used to treat cancers of the colon, rectum, lung, or breast. It is usually given as part of a combination of cancer medicines.

Bevacizumab may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Cost: Wow, this one is expensive. About $25,000 per dose.