I forgot my meds yesterday!

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Can forgetting your meds (effexor in my case) for a day or two send you back to step one?
 
Lots has been going on in life.  I've been a bit forgetful with all of my meds - too much on my mind.  Yesterday when I left work, all of a sudden I felt really DOWN!  I don't know if this is just life talking or the fact that I didn't take my effexor yesterday.  Can a day or too make that big of a difference???  I've forgotten meds on a weekends before, but haven't felt this DOWN in a long time...
 
It's probably a good thing I'm at work, or I'd spend most of the day in bed crying for some reason I can't particularly name...
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

If you miss a dose...

It is not necessary to make it up. Skip the missed dose and continue with your next scheduled dose. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Over the past weekend I cut down on one of my meds as I was out of town and did not have enough to take the prescribed dose. On the third day I was knocked right off my feet, woke up feeling down and tearful.  So IMHO yes your level may drop and break through sx could appear.
 
We are talking two different meds.
 
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ediekristen
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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't take my medication (Lexapro) for a whole weekend, which I know isn't recommended but I had to wait until I got paid to pick it up, and I was fine. Different meds do different things though.
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
10 mg Lexapro
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...


ediekristen
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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey our signatures look pretty similar! Haha

That reminds me, I need to update mine since I'm now 22 and not on prednisone anymore! Woohoo

Sorry, I'm babbeling.
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
10 mg Lexapro
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...


olivia of course
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   Posted 7/17/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
It's not too bad if you miss only one dose, as long as it doesn't become a habit.  I have missed doses over the past few years, and things were fine.
 
As Kitt said, just skip the dose you missed, and take the next dose at the correct time.
 
Olivia

Post Edited (olivia of course) : 7/17/2007 12:50:19 PM (GMT-6)


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/17/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a semi-chronic problem with missing my nighttime dosage of meds.  I don't take them at a specific time, but when I start getting sleepy and am ready to call it a night.  Problem is, sometimes I just fall asleep without any advanced notice, and then I miss my meds.  I think I have a touch of narcolepsy, as I can fall asleep with no warning at all.  I've fallen asleep in the middle of eating a spoonful of pudding.  How messed up is that?  I fall asleep during the commercials right before a tv show I've been dying to see.  Totally unpredictable.
 
I need to keep track of how often this happens, because the meds aren't working very well.  I know it is going on, but I often don't think about it the next morning.  I've tried several dosage containers, which shows me when I miss a set of meds, but I just can't seem to keep that type of system going.
 
If anybody has any suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them.
 
Leigh Ann cool

Basic info:
  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin,  Phenergan, Chantix, Iron Pills, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 7/18/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all of your responses. I made sure to get yesterday's dose on time and I spent some time on the phone chatting with my mom - a little talk therapy never hurt! I am feeling better today - so maybe it was just things piling up on me and missing that dose didn't help.

hardspacecore - yes! our signatures do look amazingly similar - strange coincidence???

Leigh Ann - could you take your meds with your evening meal? Sometimes that's the only way I remember mine...
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Culturelle, Biotin, Folic Acid, Forvia, Calcium, and B12
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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slowlygoingcrazy
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Effexor for probably about 4 years. I'm not anymore but while I was taking them, missing a dose, particularly as my dosage got stronger (I was on 225mg at the end), was never a good thing. I'd get physically ill, it would usually bring on a TMJ headache, among other symptoms. So yes, missing a dose of Effexor, particularly if you're on a higher dose, can cause adverse effects. If you've read any of the other threads on Effexor, you'll find it can be one of the more difficult drugs to wean off of. I had a rough time but because I was switching to another drug, it was manageable. But this also means that missing a dose can cause problems. Anyways, I just thought I'd add my 2 cents worth, for whatever that's worth!!!!

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kisses_from_cat
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
My therapist told me that a lot of people who try to get off of effexor experience a huge drop in mood.  fortunately i didnt experience much of a difference when i got off effexor but maybe u were experiencing something like that.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/18/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Dakotagirl,
 
I don't actually eat a evening meal.  I've had a gastric bypass, and live by myself, so I pretty much just pick at food during the evening hours.  One of my nightly medications is Trazadone, which I take to get to sleep.  Obviously, I don't want to take it at a certain time because my bedtime fluctuates.  It's on those nights when I fall asleep instantly, without any warning, that I miss my night meds.  Maybe I can take all the other meds earlier in the evening, then take the Trazadone if I need it.  That might actually work.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll let you know how it goes.
 
Thanks,
Leigh Ann cool

Basic info:
  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin,  Phenergan, Chantix, Iron Pills, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 

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