What are the most common side effects of #Pristiq? Community Discussion: “I have been on Pristiq for 2 years, first 50mg and then increased to 100mg. I found 100 mg worked better for me. Night sweats have been the most obvious side effect and at times are just gross waking up drenched like I’ve just had a shower. I often wake frequently through the night but I find cedarwood essential oil and meditation have helped to reduce this. I also find that I sweat more during the day compared to before I was on Pristiq, mostly from the nape of my hair. I have tried to cut back to 50mg but crash within days so 100mg is good for me. Besides the sweats I’m happy with Pristiq.”
Are there any patient assistance programs available for #Wellbutrin? Community Discussion: “I was on the generic version for a few years, and they seemed to be okay. However, I was noticing that depending on the "manufacturer" of generics, either my depression would come back, or I would have a lot of stomach issues (blood in my stool at one point), headaches, nausea. I have tried Anchen, PAR, Global Pharmacy, another one that I can't think of the name right now. Once I found... Direct Success and started back on the brand name Wellbutrin, I was back to feeling like myself again. I'm not about to try that again... I know it's around a 4 hour drive to Las Vegas, maybe Arizona is closer. I have around 30 days left of my existing supply, so at least I found this out with enough time to spare. My doctor is supposedly calling the CVS, as they do have limited exceptions (according to my internet search on the law) so my fingers are crossed... Thanks for your reply!”
Has anyone experienced lasting side effects from #Harvoni? Community Discussion: “Now 9 months post treatment and my life is ruined. I really don't know what to do. I had the lump on my scalp removed (benign), but I get painful bumps on my scalp that last for weeks for no reason. I am getting ready to have surgery to see if that can correct some of the pain in my back and legs, have been undergoing spinal inj's. for 2 months now. But they cannot explain the edema and blackeni...ng/bruising of my lower legs. My hematocrit is high, my creatinine is high, my calcium is high, my BUN is high. My blood pressure soars for no reason, (176/128), my vision sucks, it is like having a grey curtain that moves back and forth across your face. My heart feels like it is having to work triple time. Food has no taste. I can't remember anything, I find myself fuguing out for hours. I'm not here anymore. I am not depressed or suicidal. I simply have no survival mode. 2 seconds away from losing my job and I have no ability to focus long enough to figure out what is going on. I live by myself. I have no one here, I moved here for the job and the only people I know are the people I work with. I just can't seem to figure out what is happening to me.”
Is #Soma still being prescribed for pain management? Community Discussion: “The nurse practitioner I've been seeing was new to me and didn't feel comfortable prescribing Soma because she said it was dangerous. I said you've got to be kidding, I've been taking Soma for about 20 years, off and on after a bus accident and back surgery. I got severe back spasms down my side and leg. It's god awful and Soma is all that helps, having thoughts of suicide. I can't handle this pain ev...ery day, so I got desperate and took a couple of old pain pills, something to help me sleep. Well, I didn't think about my n.p. appt. in the morning, and U/A. Oh well, now after 20 years, first time, and you took away the Soma, all this crap has happened. With the reactions on the phone, looking for another doctor makes me feel like some dumba** kid. I just turned 60, in Northern Va. If anyone knows a nice doc, let me know. I'm disabled in a wheelchair. Thanks.“
Has anyone else switched from #Pristiq to its generic form? #Rx_Efficacy Community Discussion: “I'm sorry to hear that others are having the same experience as I did when switching from the brand to the generic. Pfizer has a discount card that you can retrieve off the internet that saves up to $75. That will bring the cost down to $270 per month. If you have insurance, your doctor can call your insurance company and tell them that you've tried the generic, but it doesn't work.... In many cases, when the doctor actually calls and fills out the required forms - your insurance WILL pay for it. As a last resort - or if you don't have insurance - you can try filling your prescription through Canada Drugs who dispenses 84 pills for $313 and claim it's the brand Pristiq 50 (made in Australia). Last year, I tried another extended release med from Canada and it was better than generics sold in the US. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies are thrilled because they've found a way to keep their brands selling continuously - after generics hit the market. Unfortunately, this GOP gov't will NEVER pressure the FDA to improve generic standards or the rate of release for the med. The gov't couldn't care less about this issue because drug companies and their lobbyists give millions to political campaigns. Legal bribery.“
Does anyone take #Metoprolol for heart palpitations? From our forums: “I was having heart palpitations and the dr suggested I see a cardiologist for them. 4 days before I saw her I was having episodes of them along with some chest pain and at one time blue nails. It all subsided now. My pulse rate and BP were good but because heart disease runs in the family she put me on metoprolol 25 mg split in 2 doses and told me to go to the hospital if my pulse went down to 60. It did, ...so I went to the hospital, had all tests done and everything was normal. They even gave me an angiogram with no problem there, but my pulse continued to fluctuate between the low 40s to 50s. My primary stated she gave you this for heart palpitations and to get off of it now. She did something wrong and she never told me why I needed to go to the hospital if my pulse went down to 60. The er dr wondered why she picked that number. Could anyone give me an answer or reason why she would put me on metoprolol?”
Why are doctors so reluctant to prescribe #pain medication? Community Discussion: “I think we all agree that opioids were once given out far too freely in the past but they're not anymore. In fact, many people are suffering now and committing suicide because of the lack of pain care. The only people who should be getting treatment from these medications are patients with well-documented conditions stating everything else has been tried and failed. By cutting every patient off... their therapy that was successful in keeping them functional is nothing short of pure torture. The population is the largest it's ever been and there's going to be many people with all sorts of disease and conditions that I can't even pronounce who do have chronic pain. There's no cure and the NIH isn't looking for any either. So the humane choice should be to keep these people comfortable. What the hell is WRONG with that? In the old days, people grew the medications they needed, long before any FDA or DEA. The Government agencies today are trampling the human rights for legitimate pain relief. Yes, we need to try to get rid of the Illegal Drugs that are killing people but my guess is that isn't ever going to completely happen. So treating those with mental health issues/addicts with legal medicine should be appropriate and should be advocated to save their lives. On the other hand, legitimate pain patients with well documented medical records, those patients should continue to be permitted to receive their life-saving medicine as well. It's keeping them from suicide. Why can't USA be fair balanced? Fair to ALL? It's never going to be perfect. It's not a perfect world.
Right now, it's completely BIASED from the president down. I say legitimate pain doctors now need to unite and stand up for what's right medically. They need to stop being cowards and stop burying their heads in the sand. Patients have been advocating for over a decade to preserve their quality of life and protecting the good Drs. Until all these issues are fair and balanced, deaths will continue to rise at alarming rates. Wake up people. "Prohibition" to medicine is EVIL. Withholding medicines that give a patient quality of Life should be advocated for by ALL Americans who believe in the Bill of rights and the Constitution. I don't care what it is if it helps people medically, including marijuana, opioids or whatever it is. What is NOT medically helpful in any way shape or form is ALCOHOL, cigarettes among other things, not to mention automobiles and bad food choices that are killing even more people than legal pain medications but no one's talking about or outlawing those substances. Alcohol alone is actually killing more people than any other substance and it's legal. It not only harms the user but has killed other innocent people. Rant over. I wonder how many legitimate pain patients agree with all of this?“
Has anyone had lasting side effects from #Prolia? #Osteoporosis_Treatment Community Discussion: “I was just reading the updated warnings by the FDA and Amgen dated 1/31/2018. I'm convinced they know about these problems, even our last visit to the Doctor convinced me of this. My wife over a year ago suffered a fractured Sacrum... Within 3 months they put her on Fosamax, then May of 2017 the Prolia. With all the other stuff from this drug she still had pain in the lower back. ...This week an MRI showed her Sacrum was not healing, which perplexed her Ortho.....well...well, well, now to read the new warnings and side effects, this drug is suspect of preventing "bone remodeling" -what's that? Ha, if you have an existing fracture, this Prolia prevents the fracture from healing! The Dr. who gave her this shot knew of the fracture but we never discussed this issue.”
What alternatives are there to #Levothyroxine? Community Discussion: “I was taking Synthroid (Canada) for approx 5 1/2 months. I started off with 50mcg...& over the years they bumped me up to 100mcg. In about a months time I got so sick, that I actually called an ambulance. I felt so weak, that my legs felt like they would not hold me up & horrible nausea. It was the EMT asking questions in the ambulance that made a light go on in my mind. She had asked me, "Has your doctor a...djusted your Synthroid medication recently?". It hit me...I went downhill in that month, after she put me on 100mcg. My Hubby did some research & found out that I had every bad side effect of Synthroid. I quit cold turkey. I have now been off for about 6 months now. I am not getting better, but I have not felt the need to call an ambulance since. I found this forum while researching a natural form. I am interested in trying the Armour.”
How would you describe your experience on #Accutane? Community Discussion: “I am sorry to hear of everyone's continued ailments from Accutane. I too am a survivor who still deals with many of the side effects 30 years later. I only took the drug once for a 3 month period, but that was enough to cause me rectal fissures, vaginal dryness, joint/muscle pain, tingling in my head, eye floaters, etc. I also have developed Osteoporosis. Today, I take lots of supplements to alleviate... these symptoms but the joint/muscle pain have been the most difficult to manage. It also seemed like over the years the symptoms would ebb and flow in severity. Now however at 59, the joint aching/stiffness/popping is chronic. And other things have seemed to develop, like stomach issues, so I've gone gluten & dairy free; Numbness in my feet in the morning, get dehydrated often, etc. I have seen numerous doctors and specialists who don't know what is going on. Most of my diagnostics come back in the normal range. And since I do not care to take other drugs to alleviate these pains, I have opted for supplements prescribed by a Naturopath.
I also tried other alternative products like Chinese herbs, Acupuncture, Indian herbs, Panchakarma; Unfortunately, none of them have helped me much. Some of the supplements that I do take and believe have helped are magnesium, omega fish oil, curcumin, vit D, melatonin for sleep. I'm glad to have found this website and to be able to communicate with others in the same situation. Maybe we will be able to help each other.”
Are pain medications fairly regulated? #Hydrocodone Community Discussion: “Why is it that the government wants to control the hydrocodone epidemic? There are overdoses happening everywhere and it doesn't have to come from a doctor or a pharmacy. If you compare the number of deaths from alcohol-related accidents and alcohol abuse, lung cancer from cigarettes, they will outweigh the abuse and deaths from Hydrocodone. So why are the government and politicians not going after cig...arettes and alcohol and banning them? Going to be because they make money off cigarettes and alcohol. People in chronic pain who actually need hydrocodone are made to suffer because the government does not make money off of these pills, but the companies who provide spinal cord stimulators and that type of thing to make money off people needing to get out of pain. Why is there a liquor store on every corner and why can you get cigarettes anywhere but you can't get hydrocodone for chronic pain?”
#Treating_Hypertension From our forums: “I am age 75 and was for a long time taking amlong 2.5 mg once at night. Since the blood pressure reading continued to be above 140/90 my cardiologist suggested corbis 2.5 mg once in the morning with telmisartan 40 mg. This I continued for nearly 1 year and even then the blood pressure reading in the afternoon was higher. Then he suggested to have telmisartan 40 mg twice daily. Now a week back, he has also prescribed cilaheart 5 mg (climipidine) twice daily. So, this along with nitrocontin 2.6 mg (half of a tablet twice daily). Does anyone have any idea about the combined effect of these drugs and also the side effects?“
What steps are other patients taking to overcome #vimpat withdrawal? From our forums: “I started taking vimpat i think last June or July. Not too sure, the meds have messed with my mind big time. Stayed at 200 mg, kept having grand mal seizures so eventually got up to 600mg a day. Had double vision, couldn't walk, numbness, memory loss, acted like a zombie, slept a lot, and was depressed. So she took me down to 500mg, nothing changed. I took myself down to 300, 100 in the am ...and 200 at night. Double vision and loss of leg control seemed to go away but i still couldn't think straight and wasn't myself. I have taken myself completely off vimpat to try to have a life again before the seizure comes that kills me, but i feel very, very depressed, alone, scared and ultimately just want to die. I can't just go see a doctor though due to Medicaid cutting me off when i got disability. I can only go to the ER and they can't help you there.“
Does anyone know the actual shelf life of #Toprol? From our forums: “Hello. After searching and searching, the concept of an actual expiration of a drug seems to be very two-sided. Obviously, the manufacturer does not want to tell people that their drug is still 99.9% effective after 10 years because they would have to analyze it which would take ten years, they would be liable for various reasons, and they want you to buy more instead of taking old medicine. That is capitali...sm and I support it and understand it.
However, does anyone know what the actual shelf life of Toprol XL is? What if there is a natural disaster or (insert other unexpected reason here) and I cannot get to a pharmacy or the pharmacy cannot provide it? Sudden stoppage without titration can lead to death in my case. Even titrated stoppage can lead to death. Basically - I have to have a Beta Blocker or I will die. Can I have a one month supply that is 3 years, 5 years, 10 years old and know that I can count on it should I have a period of, say, 3 weeks that I cannot obtain it?
Finally, how is this not more of a public concern? I would assume millions of people take medicine that is life-sustaining and would cause death if they were unable to get it. What if the power grid were to go down and we had "Katrina", but it was the entire country? The government won't force companies to tell us about the actual shelf life so we can be prepared? I am not talking about delusional paranoia and having 20 years worth stockpiled, but the risk of there being a 2 - 3 weeks disruption in supply is viable. Opinions? Thoughts?“
How would you describe your experience on #Prolia? #Osteoporosis Community Discussion: “I was given my 3rd Prolia injection in December. I take it to prevent bone loss after being prescribed Arimidex due to ER+. Two days later I visited GP with bladder pain during urination. Was given Sulfa for a possible infection. My U/A and culture were both negative. Then I started having debilitation joint and muscle pain. If I straightened out my legs while lying down, my knees would SC...REAM. My neck arms and shoulders became SO painful, stiff and sore. My arms feel like lead! Saw my GP for just a monthly checkup yesterday and told her my symptoms. She did not think the Prolia was the cause of the pain. She ordered Rheumatic/Autoimmune Disease labs. She gave me Prednisone. She said if Prednisone helps she would not be quick to blame the Prolia and her diagnosis would be Polymyalgia Rheumatica. After starting the Prednisone yesterday 20mg I did not hobble when I got out of bed this AM and my shoulders and arms are somewhat better (pain is not as intense). I am also treated for Chronic Back Pain (Norco 5mgs once a day), Osteoarthritis (Ultram 50mgs twice a day). Neither of which really helps my current pain from Fibromyalgia - I no longer take Lyrica for that because when I added the Ultram, I stayed too sleepy. But the fibro pain has been much better since I quit work. I am unable to take NSAIDs, due to elevated kidney enzymes while taking Mobic. I was wondering if anyone else has been given Prednisone for the pain OR been on Prednisone for another reason and noticed an improvement in the joint and muscle pain? I appreciate any comments Thank you.“
#Antidepressant #Rx_Efficacy Community Discussion: “Five days ago I started on Greenstone generic Pristiq 50mg after being on the brand name for 7 years. Tonight I started feeling like I hadn't taken the medication today. So, I counted the pills to make absolutely sure I took the pill today - and then remembered taking it at noon. Tonight, something is definitely wrong. I'm feeling disassociated, low energy and depressed. I had a similar experience with the Wellbutrin generic... - didn't work at all. I disagree with the comment above that Greenstone is the same as the brand. I know that Greenstone is owned by Pfizer (who makes the brand), but the Greenstone generic is definitely not the brand (even though the pill looks similar). I'm going back to the brand even though it's expensive. I have to add that Pfizer was granted the patent for Pristiq 50mg until 2022, but they were negligent and stupid with the writing of the patent and lost their exclusive rights with 7 years to go. If they had decent patent lawyers there wouldn't be any generics right now! It took a lot of talent to lose their patent rights.“
How effective is #Bupropion XL by Lupin Pharmaceuticals? Community Discussion: “I took 300 mg Bupropion XL for years (manufactured by Watson). I stopped it in 2015 with no problems whatsoever. In December 2017 I began taking it again for help dealing with an onset of abundance of additional stress, it seemed to be helping (did not check the manufacturer). The first refill was by a generic manufacturer I was not familiar with, Lupin. It was like taking a different medication a...ltogether. I had not felt that much depression, suicidal thoughts and personality depersonalization in years. I felt so much worse than before I began taking it! I realized it was likely the Bupropion but still did not equate the difference in effectiveness with the manufacturer. I attempted to stop it cold turkey for only 2 horrible, miserable days. Reluctantly I refilled it planning a doctor visit to manage the withdrawal more effectively. After about 2 days I started to feel like myself again and that's when I realized the manufacturer for month #2 was different. My advice from that experience is to check with the pharmacist what brand they currently carry (I will every month now!) before getting your refill and avoid Lupin!“