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Done with Chemo but Hercpetin side affects?
jlamb26 posted:
First, I'm so happy to report that I just finish my 6th and final round of Chemo. I was diagnosed when my 2nd child was 11 week olds so it's been a challenge to balance life and chemo but I made it through with the help of family and friends and am feeling a little better every day. I will still receive Herceptin through October. My question is, has anyone experienced insomnia as a side affect from Hercpetin? I can't seem to sleep more than a 1/2 hour at a time for 3-4 days after treatment. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Congratulations! Two children, one a newborn and chemo? Amazing - so glad you had the support of family and friends.

I'll let those in the community who have first hand experience with Herceptin chime in but I did find information that listed "Chronic Trouble Sleeping " as a side effect.

I have a 2 and 6 year old so I know how debilitating exhaustion can be - have you spoken to your doctor about possible solutions?

rachael67 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
May I, too, add my voice in congratulating you! You certainly have your hands full! Please discuss the lack of sleep issue with your team...Perhaps they will offer some helpful suggestions.

Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
cindy12345678 responded:
I have had herceptin. I am getting herceptin through june. Are they giving you any steroids with it? I had sleeping problems due to the steroids. Since chemo I don't sleep as well as I did . I am having hot flashes that wake me up, but I can usually go right back to sleep. They did perscribe adavan. That helped in the first few days after the chemo.I didn't like using the medication , but you get to the point you need to sleep. If it's only for a day or two, it was worth it.
jlamb26 replied to cindy12345678's response:
Thanks for the suggestions! I will speak with my doctor on Monday. I did sleep a little better last night:)
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to jlamb26's response:
I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 year old - I always remind myself that sleep deprivation is used as a means of torture! So try and be nice to yourself when you're exhausted


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