Stopping trikafta


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Just curious on who has had to stop trikafta and what your side effects were on the medication and how you feel after discontinuing trikafta?

I'm 38 years old, started trikafta 1 year ago ( June 2022) My Fev1 was 82% prior to starting trikafta. After the first month my Fev went to 92%. After three months my Fev was right back to where I started at 82 % and has remained there.

After being on the medication for one year it has been the worst year I've had in over 20 years. The first three months were awesome but then it all went down hill from there.

It has been non stop illness after illness. In February I was very ill and coughing up lots of blood. X ray was done and showed swollen lymph nodes. X ray was repeat in march and showed the same. Contrast CT was done and showed multiple swollen lymph nodes.

In June I was booked for a bronchiscope and samples were taken from 3 lymph nodes and right lung. Samples came back showing sarcoidosis.

I have made the decision to stop trikafta, go back to minimum drug intervention and see what happens.

Other side effects experience included extremely dry eyes and weird bumps that would randomly appear on my eye.

I also developed blisters all over my hands and feet that were extremely painful, and all of my skin peeled off my hands and feet. Not sure if this was related to trilafta or not. I've never had a rash/ blister like this in my life.


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Oml that sounds so scary. I have cystic fibrosis and I have not tried that drug because Orkambi is working great for me. Is it possible you can take Orkambi or will your doctor not let you


Yes, I had to stop. My liver levels were quickly climbing. I was unable to sleep while taking Trikafta. My heart beat very rapidly even at rest. I felt jittery and constantly anxious. My was loosing my hair in spot. I was constantly hungry and started to gain weigh rapidly. I exercised and limited my food but weight still climbed. Liver levels were concerning me and my skin was turning a weird color.

Within 2 weeks off of Trikafta, the weight started to drop off, my hunger pangs quit and my hair started to grow back. Within two days off the med, my heart stopped pounding in my chest but it took a few weeks before the jitters fully went away. I didn't realize how drugged I felt until the meds were out of my system. Unfortunately, my lung function went back to my old normal and I was coughing again.