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Ruxolitinib User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Jakafi

Ruxolitinib has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 38 reviews on Drugs.com. 68% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 18% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Ruxolitinib

  • Cheri
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • September 18, 2019

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "A lot of people have experienced weight gain on Jakafi and I have too. For me, I only lost weight on this med by eating low carb with some form of moderate exercise when able. I also found I slept better and generally felt better on a low carb diet while taking Jakafi. Hope this helps someone else struggling with weight gain after starting this"

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  • phyrc...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • June 19, 2015

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "This is the third Rx I've had over 10 years to treat polycythemia rubes very. Started for drug trial for 87 weeks. Now on an Rx. I've had 0 Phlebotomy since on Jakafi. Itching is nearly nonexistent. I can sleep well. Mood has improved. Generally, Jakafi has given me a life back!"

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  • annab...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • November 9, 2021

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I have been on Jakafi for 10 months for Polycythemia Vera. It has reduced my itching, bone and joint pain, fatigue and my counts are actually normal for the first time in decades! I have gained about 5 lbs on it but no other significant side effects. I am taking a very low amount ( 5mg 2x day) and maybe that's why I haven't gained a lot of weight. This medication has literally given me my life back."

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  • Sharon...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 8, 2018

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I started on a higher dose and my counts came down and itching stopped, but I had weight gain! Yuck!, migraines, loud constant ringing ears, joint aches and swelling, dizziness. Then, tried a lower dose 5mg 2 x day, and side effects lessened greatly, but my counts increased. I’m off of it and on Hydrea, and trying to lose the weight now (10lbs). To add, the price of Jakafi, ruxolitinib is RIDICULOUS."

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  • Rob
  • August 23, 2017

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "Been taking Jakafi for 9 months .... 10mg 2x daily. Just now counts slightly increasing so my Dr is adding another 5mg daily to my dose. This med has improved my life significantly .... my over functioning has improved 100% but still with some issues. It's scary to change medications, I hope my comment will give others courage and hope ... if their Dr thinks it's worth giving it a try."

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  • lynn
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • June 10, 2023

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I have polycythemia vera and myelofibrosis. Ten years ago I had 2 weeks left to live I was put on 15mg of Jakafi twice a day. No more phlebotomy. All my crazy blood results moved steadily to normal. I have never had any problem until recently. I've had ten years of a high-quality existence with this pill. Not one single side effect. And my 28-pound spleen disappeared. I was wasted when I started this drug (from years of blood removal). Grew back my bones, hair, weight, energy, stamina, and appetite. After 10 years of health, I am having episodes of what feels like UTI. I am eliminating any other bladder irritants, taking it earlier (6 am-6 pm) to be eliminated more before bedtime, and drinking appropriate amounts of water-- Even on shopping days, beach days, etc."

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  • zfath...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • June 20, 2017

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Myelofibrosis "I have post essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis. Jakafi has my platelet count and white cell count normal again. However, it caused my red cell count to go way too low and so am on Procrit shots to avoid transfusions. I am very fatigued after the slightest physical activity. I gained about 10 pounds and get pimples from it. Jakafi instantly got rid of my joint aches and pains."

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  • Kaude
  • November 24, 2017

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I am 74 yrs old and have polycythemia vera (PV) since I was 62. Was on Hydrea and phlobotomy every 3 mos. Was seriously very depressed and low energies. On Jakavi since May-2016 and no more phlobotomy. Now taking Jakavi 25mg twice a day. My life is back and feels like not having PV. Med is expensive at 25mg because I need 20+5 mg. Cost is doubled because they don't make 25mg pills!"

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  • Cranny
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • December 22, 2018

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "Took Jakafi for approximately 10 months. My itching was completely cleared up. During this entire time my bowel movements were intense. I had cramping in my stomach most mornings. Initially my dosage had to be adjusted because all of my blood levels were very low. I had developed cytopenia. Was taken off Med for 6 weeks and resumed. The last straw for me was the aching I experienced in all of my joints. Medication states a side effect can be arthralgia. Well, I got it. Had to get cortisone injections in both thumb joints, both knees, right hip and shoulder. I refuse to go back on this medication. Wish anyone able to take this Med good luck"

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  • AnnaG
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • January 28, 2022

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I am 57 yrs., I have had PV for well over 20 years. I have had phlebotomies and then Hydrea and now have been on Jakafi for a year and a half. My overall experience with Jakafi is that it gave me my energy and life back. My joint pain disappeared immediately and my energy level was amazing! I was on 5 mg 1x day to start and then went up to 5mg 2x day, which I am on now. I have gained about 10 lbs, even on this low dose.Then about 6 months ago I got Shingles, I believe, from the Shingrix vaccine I had just gotten, and since then, I have not felt well. I get sick a lot and in the past 6 months, my joint and bone pain is so much worse, almost like pre-Jakafi. The meds are working well for all blood counts right now so I am on the fence about stopping the med."

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  • autob...
  • January 15, 2017

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I have been on Jakafi now for 7 months. I have had major weight gain (25lbs) and migraine headaches every day. Before I started my counts were over a million and they are only down to 800,000. So for me this isn't working. The side effects and losing days to headaches are not worth taking it."

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  • Peggs
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • October 6, 2018

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I have been taking this medication, Jakafi for 10 months. Once correct dosage was figured out, I have experienced no itching and there has been no need for phlebotomy treatments. Downside to taking this medication is that for days at a time I have trouble with my bowel movements and pain and cramping in my stomach. This happens when I eat healthy, broccoli, kale, multi grain bread. Also when I eat fried foods."

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  • Hopeful
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • October 15, 2023

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Myelofibrosis "I first tried Jakafi for 3 months, and my stomach rebelled. After 6 months of stopping it, I started again at the minimum dosage (5mg) once a day. I am now at twice daily, and no further issues except that I have had 7 lesions on arms and legs that look like a bull's eye, enlarge to a quarter size, scab over with a thick, shiny yellow waxy coating that turns light brown before it starts to crumble. It takes about a year to return to normal. My numbers are much better with Jakafi, so I tolerate the lesions."

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  • Vanity
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • July 12, 2019

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I just don't understand, I've been on this med about 2 yrs and my Dr just increased my dose to 20 mg b.i.d. My platelet count is still thru the roof ! I changed my diet and swallowing these pills just as directed! All I get is bad reports and disappointing agitated comments from my Dr ! I give up !"

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  • T-Mac
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • March 6, 2021

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Myelofibrosis "I am on Jakafi and all was going well until my Doc decided to prescribe 5 mg tablets. Well the price jumped exponentially to well over double for the same 15 days and same mg dose This he thought was needed for small adjustments. I was shocked to see my benefits eaten up almost instantly for one month of medication. I am furious and this medicine does not offer that kind of money relief. I am looking into transplant and warning others ..NEVER GET THE 5 mg Tablets!! over 34, 000 for one month prescription. No wonder my insurance is over 1,000 per month just for me..SMH"

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  • emma...
  • October 18, 2017

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I was diagnosed with polycythmia vera in 2007. Itching, terrible itching, has been my main complaint and hydroxyurea didn't help. I was taking Atarax four+ times a day plus getting light therapy 2-3 times a week. With Jakafi, I take Atarax 1-4 x day, and don't need light therapy. However, when it's really warm or allergens are in the air, I take Emend off-label. Side effects of Jakafi: more susceptible to infection, possibly anemia, possibly higher erythropoietin levels."

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  • Jo B
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • October 10, 2023

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I have been taking Jakafi for 8 months for JAK-2 negative polycythemia vera, which I've had since 2009. Before this drug, I was on phlebotomy-only treatment which left my iron levels nearly non-existent. I felt tired all of the time, I felt depleted all of the time. Since starting this medication, my blood counts have become normal, I am able to take iron and so have come to feel very near normal energy and since of wellness again. My only negative side effect is a 5 pound gain. We are still figuring out the proper dose, I began with 5mgs twice a day, but my phlebotomies increased from every 3 or 4 months to every 1 to 3 weeks. I am now on 10mgs twice a day, and my phlebotomies are stretching out to every 3 to 8 weeks. I am hoping the phlebotomy need will subside. After 10 + years of feeling ill, the cost and weight gain are worth my feeling of health."

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  • EdD
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • January 23, 2024

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Myelofibrosis "My appetite has returned and I eat much more like I used to. This has helped me gain weight. I have regained a bit of my energy. I also have side-effects: reflux, gas, some diarrhea, small red spots on my skin, lots of bruising."

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  • zoe
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • May 26, 2023

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Graft-versus-host disease "So far it seems to be working. If I forget to take it I get a definite onset of itchy skin with a very marked response and regular and multiple bowel movements in the mornings. I am not sure if it is Jakavi related, but I had a stroke. I have found that my blood levels definitely stabilized and GvHD skin flares reduced quickly too. I do have regular and severe cramps in the calf in the mornings."

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  • MAB
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 22, 2023

Jakafi (ruxolitinib) for Polycythemia Vera "I've been enjoying not feeling awful all the time. With Jakafi I have had no problems with skin blisters when I am in sunlight, as I did with the previous medication. It is hard to say which med gives me vertigo issues the most. I suppose the dizziness is mild with Jakafi. In general, I have more energy and less stress over shortness of breath - until recently, again. I don't know if the current fatigue I have suddenly again, is due to the medication dose or if I am experiencing another drug side effect or my body is simply old and wearing out. I know that Jakafi has given me my life back again. But, currently, my body is not in balance - I'm not sure why: chest pain, increased heart rate, higher BP, shortness of breath, fluid retention, weight gain, fluid gain, headache, and low kidney function. My cholesterol went up - and not sure why. I am currently being worked up, again for a cardiac issue. For a year however, I felt so much better than I did without Jakafi."

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  • Endoc...
  • November 26, 2018

For Polycythemia Vera "I am 83 years old with Polycythaemia Vera for more than 15 years. Initially I was treated with phlebotomy every 2-3 months . Sodium chromoglycate was added for the excruciating itching and ultraviolet light treatment , with poor and short living results. Then I was put on Hydroxyurea for 2-3 years, with poor overall results, Hypogonadism, Hypocortisolaemia and Hyponatraemia which required substitution hormonal therapy and, finally, painful skin ulcers due to angeitis. For the last 2 years+ I have been on Jakavi ,around 30 mg/day : the ithching is gone, phlebotomies stopped, blood count under very good control, but my blood pressure is going up and up, my serum cholesterol increased and my body weight went up 10 k g .My hormonal problems reappeared with hyponatraemia, hypocortisolaemia and hypogonadism, so I restarted hormonal treatment. Doctors should be aware of its side effects and know how to diagnose and treat them ."

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  • BaxClem
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • March 18, 2021

For Polycythemia Vera "I have been on Jakavi for 8 months, 10 mg BID. It has been a life saver after serious side effects from Hydroxyurea. Within 4 months my blood levels were approaching normal, effectively lowering my Hct and platelets. No phlebotomy during this time. Very few side effects except minimal weight gain and periodic fatigue. Not sure if the fatigue is primarily due to the PV. Very satisfied with this medication. Cost could be prohibitive, but thankfully my insurance company covers it due to the failure of the Hydroxyurea."

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  • Phieby
  • June 26, 2021

For Myelofibrosis "My mother has polycythemia since 13 years, then the condition changed to primary thrombocythemia and mild myelofibrosis. BM biopsy was done..she was on hydroxyurea for the last 13 y ..then her doctor changed it to Jakafi when the myelofibrosis occurred she took it for 7 months a dose of 15 mg daily the cost was 36545 pounds per month!!!.. In our country Jakavi is not included in insurance. We thought it would be effective but unfortunately it made her feel worse. She was so fatigued with more muscles and joints pain, sleep disturbance, hemoglobin level fell from 11 gm to 6gm in 4 month almost 2gm decrease every 1.5 m...she received blood transfusion of (packed RBCs) every 2 months and still platelets level was reaching 700-800..so she continued hydroxyurea again as 2 or 3 capsules with the Jakavi..finally the doctor asked to stop the Jakavi again and continue on hydroxyurea!!"

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  • Zeppy
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • December 6, 2020

For Myelofibrosis "I have been on combined Ruxi/ Hydroxi for two years now. Apart from the usual weight gain and a mild skin rash I feel fine. No other adverse reactions. I was blood transfusion dependant. (every month). Haven't had a transfusion for the last 6 months. My RBC stays above 115. Amazing, really."

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  • Bear
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • September 13, 2021

For Myeloproliferative Disorders "Overall Jakafi has done what it is supposed to do and I've been very happy with my bloodwork. Side affect has included swelling that is not related to gout, cellulitis, clots or any other condition. Also have lost eyelashes, hair has thinned to a lesser extent. It is easy to take and majority of side effects are minimal."

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