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« on: June 20, 2018, 01:05:49 AM »

I hate them. I refuse to get involved with anything I don't have to take. So I take one pill a day (Lysinopril) to keep me alive, and one Alipurinol for my Gout. I'd love to ditch the Gout medicine, but I'm told that would be a mistake. I also quit my Meloxicam that I'd taken for three years for a botched broken ankle/torn tendon/torn ligament surgery.

I do take about three Alieve tablets a day (sometimes I think they work, sometimes I wonder "why bother"). And I take a thousand milligrams of Vitamin C every day.

The Doc put me on that Prednezone last August (with a year-long script, and ain't nobody ever heard of THAT) and it was horrible. I gained 42 pounds in four months before I took myself off of it, and then I had WITHDRAWALS. It was a really bad deal, and will never happen again.

I truly hate taking pills. I don't think that some of them don't work as well if you don't THINK they work. Please share some of your experiences. Maybe we can learn something.
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 06:07:10 AM »

Hydrocodone, 7.5 + 325 3 x's Day by Script.

Flexeril (muscle relaxer) 1 x day by Script.

Duexis (800 mg Advil + Additional blend) 3 x's Day by Script

Movantik, helps with the constipation caused by the Pain Meds. 1 x Day by Script

Biotin, helps with Bone Health, also Hair & Nails.

Calcium + D3, Bone Health. 2 x's Day

Magnesium, Bone Health. 1 X's a Day.

K2, Bone Health 1 X's a Day.

Risedronate. 1 X Month. Helps the Bones use Calcium better.


And that just the ones for my Back Pain, don't cover the other ones I take for other issues.




 
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 07:25:27 AM »

Lisinopril here too, in the morning
Guanfacine at night.
Lamictil for seizures and bi-polar disorder
Others change depending on what I'm going through at the moment.

I do not take opiates regularly, but I'll pop one if I'm hurting bad enough. I was on some strong ones after my bike wreck and went through some bad withdrawals. Puking, shaking, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, pissed off, couldn't take a leak or a dump. Plus, discovered how much pain I was actually in. All this while at a certification course for work.
I mostly treat body pain with aleve, headaches with Fred's store brand otc headache reliever (excedrine migraine), and arthritis/joint pain with tiger balm.

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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 09:21:48 AM »

I take 17 different meds, Most are for neurological issues. I take 2 drugs for pain and inflammation. An old drug named Lodine is best for pain. OTC Glucosimin/Chondroitin helps a lot.

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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 09:58:24 AM »

I only take two meds and have for years.  I take a prescription for cholesterol and a pill for blood pressure.  I have never had problems for either but the doc claims it is a preventative measure. 

I really am concerned about taking a lot of meds unless it is absolutely necessary.  I think there is just to much medicine being practiced by chemical means.

I am 72 and don't have any chronic pain but do have a pain from time to time but that is usually something muscular.  I wonder if meds cause more trouble then they are supposed to help.
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 12:29:25 PM »

I was down to three pills but since my visit to my PC doctor yesterday I'm back up to 8 again. I hate taking pills but it's a necessary evil. :'(
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 04:29:10 PM »

I have an intolerance to prescription pain meds so I avoid them. I'm actually allergic to Tylenol so that leaves me with over the counter NSAID types like Ibuprofen. These can wreak havoc on your liver though. So even though I have constant pain of some type and most days it is at least a level 4 (the nerve pain is actually worse) I try and just grit my teeth and live with it.

I used to take meds for high cholesterol and triglycerides but have managed to get that under control with better food choices and dropping a couple other meds that I didn't actually need to be on.

Currently I take/use:

A maintenance dose of Klonopin for what turned out to be a hyperactive adrenal gland (Originally thought it was panic attacks).

Trazadone to help me sleep.

Prescription Prilosec for severe GERD. I have erosions and a stricture in my esophogus so this fights the acids from coming up and making things worse.

Finasteride which was prescribed after my prostate cancer diagnosis. It is an older med but one of the few that actually helps shrink the prostate.

And I use a C-PAP machine to fight sleep aepnea and an epipen because i am allergic to stinging insects (yellow jacket, bee, wasp, hornet).

Aside from the occasional cortisone shot for my back issues that it for prescription stuff.

I also take 2,000 units of vitamin D and a mutivitamin every day.


There may be more coming once my doctors figure out how they are going to treat my prostate cancer. I'm not looking forward to it but If I need it I'll take it.  ;)

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 05:19:30 PM »

Spinal stenosis caused by a disk pretrusion L4-L5 into my spinal column. Severe muscle spasms causing me to become physically crooked. Very painful but have learned to live with it over the past 8 years or so. Being in a high physically demanding position of an army leader it can be extra challenging.
I was on a tramedol/gabepentin regiment for about 5 years. Kicked all the meds a couple years ago and now only take OTC pain reliever for a bad headache.
For me I found exercise is the best medicine. Keeping the gut in check, keeping the lower back strong by doing exercises like planks and running really helps.
Now  I developed panic attacks and severe anxiety. I welcome meds for this. Ill take pain over fear any day.


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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2018, 11:09:24 AM »

For type 2; Invokana and Metformin, for just in case Simvastatin and Lisinopril, low dose Aspirin and 4 Ibuprofen.
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2018, 09:00:40 AM »

I have a ton of “maintenance” medicine I use but the only thing that completely erases the pain is Dilaudid shots ! I was recently transported to the VA ER and wheeled in in a chair. After several attempts were made with different things, the only thing that worked was the dilaudid shot in the rear.  I walked out of there and didn’t feel a thing !
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2018, 09:38:48 AM »

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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2018, 03:59:44 PM »

I have a ton of “maintenance” medicine I use but the only thing that completely erases the pain is Dilaudid shots ! I was recently transported to the VA ER and wheeled in in a chair. After several attempts were made with different things, the only thing that worked was the dilaudid shot in the rear.  I walked out of there and didn’t feel a thing !

Dilauded is either really great or really terrible. I'm glad you had no problems with it.

Personally I absolutely can't take it. They gave it to me when I had my gall bladder out back in 2011. I started hallucinating and then I couldn't breathe and lost consciousness. I woke up with an intibation tube down my throat because I had stopped breathing.

The nurse told me that the hallucinations are actually a very common side effect with this med. The breathing situation was no though so now I have to list it as a medication allergy whenever I fill out any forms for medical care.

The only two pain meds I have ever been able to tolerate well are Demerol and Morphine. They don't give out Demerol anymore so if my pain is ever really bad enough to need meds it's morphine. I can take Tramadol also but it does nothing to relieve my pain so it's useless for me.
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2018, 11:41:28 PM »

I fished about four hours this evening, and my back almost done me in. I go to the chiropractor tomorrow (went last Monday). He says my back has no major issues- I'm just out of whack.

I need to be put back IN whack. This is on the edge of not funny anymore.
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Re: Prescription and OTC Meds
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2018, 02:56:00 AM »

dale,
just one med for high blood pressure.  and that too is just 'preventative'.  geez I hate docs that do that!

was on one of those statins for a little while, just about broke me down.  joint pain was horrible.  I'd just gotten going on working out and it put a stop to it.

docs keep bringing it up and I keep telling my story.  do NOT have time to work through a bunch of 'failures' before we find 'the right one'.

as for back pain:  I am and continue to be a huge fan of inversion therapy (hanging upside down like a bat).  makes a huge difference in my world

other than that:  OTC is aspirin, folic acid, quunol and vitamin D.
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