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tyno3
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Did anyone come up with a use, or recycling program for pill bottles? Also, since I take 100mgs. of Amyltriptiline and a valium, and occasionally a muscle relaxer, to fall asllep, and if I wake half way through the night I take one or the other (usually 25mgs. of Amyltriptilene (which I have permission to do from my GP), what if I ever don't have the meds or want to detoxify my system, I won't be able to sleep ever again? Anybody go through that?
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


bektold
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you craft?  I find pill bottles to be a good way to keep track of small things that are easily lost, like needles or stitch markers.

tyno3
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you. Yes you are so right. Do you soak them or anything to get labels off? I wish one could just take an empty bottle back to the pharmacy and get it filled. That would be better for the environment. Also, I want the labels off b/c I don't want people knowing my business, or worse, finding a btl. with refills on it and getting it filled.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Corrie_1
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
IF I don't take my amytriptiline.. i don't sleep at all... I was told it has to do with some Fibromites not being able to produce or keep seritonin in their system long enough to encourage a proper sleep cycle... that without that chemical you never reach the 4th stage of sleep, and so you are not rested even if you do sleep.

They put me on Venafaxine... to help with my anxiety and to stop my body from reuptaking the seritonin so fast. I find that it has reduced the amount of amytriptiline I need to get a good nights sleep.

I'm not a doctor though... but I do know what you mean on being dependant on amy to even to attempt sleep.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.


tyno3
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   

There's something to that theory of Fibromites struggling to obtain levels of serotonin to function. I was on Zoloft for about 8 years. Then it just seemed to not work. They tried a few other, luvox, and one other (only cause I had no drug plan and Doc had samples, and I didn't notice any effect, whatsoever. i wandered around for a couple of years with nothing but amyl for sleep and pain meds cause I wasn't getting the restful sleep I needed. I knew it had to do with Serotonin levels but couldn't quite figure what to do.

Then once back in Canada with socialized medicine and a safty net for keeping people off the streets (just barely), I have all the meds I need to function in the limited fashion, as I do. Up for three hours, down for two, up for four or so, down for the night (in winter). Summer I have less pain and stiffness so I'm more active.


Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


getting by
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My pharmacy recycles pill bottles, so I just take them up and a guy comes about once a month to pick them up. So I guess my phamacy collects the pill bottles and that guy who comes to pick them up recycles them. Oh fibro fog. That's enough for me.

Have a great evening everybody

Hugs, Karen
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tyno3
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   Posted 1/28/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Karen. I'll ask around. I notice the fibrofog much more acutely today as well. It took 15 trips to get a cup of coffee and my reading glasses, near the computer, so as to read my mail. I sure hope I don't have anything heavy duty to do today. I think, because it's so dang cold out, I can't get enough oxygen to clear my head. Might have to sacrifice a few amps and sit beside an open window and Breathe.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Corrie_1
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
:) I love socialized healthcare. If it wasn't for the system here in Canada I couldn't afford any of my meds and I'd probably be hiding in the woods making friends with squirrels. I haven't had any income since october, so they put me on something called plan "G" which pays most of my mental health med costs... doesn't cover pain killers though... just the things I need to not go crazy.

I find the venafaxine really helps me... I have a theory that my anxiety is also partly driven from lack of seritonin.

What part of Canada are you in? I'm in BC.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

Venlafaxine 70mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety

Ativan... when things get real bad.


dolphinfire
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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Corrie_1 said...
IF I don't take my amytriptiline.. i don't sleep at all... .


I just started on amytriptiline and it kicks my but!!!!! Although I still get up two or three times a night to pee, thanks to my bum bladder.
Fibro, interstitial cystitis, migraines, rotated femur, bunion on rt ft, hiatal hernia, for just a few.

reglan, prilosec otc, nadol, citrilipram,amitriptyline, and peroxicam, and vicodin.


tyno3
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   Posted 1/30/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Corrie_1: i am in Northern Nova Scotia. Northumberland Straight. I too have socialized medicine. I am presently considered "Disabled" because I can take a maximum of 3 hours of activity and then I have to lie down. What this means is I get my meds, including Tylenol 3 which is a compound that allows me to function. Without it, I have to rely on a smaller dose of amyltriptilene, like 30mgs. during the day and that plunks me on my but! It's a terrible feeling, that haze of Amyl. but sometimes, if I'm out of tylenol or the pain is more than the tyno 3 can take out, I do have to take the amyl. It also works for neurological pain, like I get in my spine. It's not easy by any means. The Social safety net allows me $200.00 a month for everything plus my $%.00 co-pay on meds, as I have eight, that's $40.00 a month. That leaves $160.00 to eat, get to appts., hair and body care products. I go to foodbank for help with food, but even they are cutting back due to overwhelming need due to recession. So, there you have it. Oh yeah, my pharmacy re-cycles pill bottles. I didn't know that. Just bring in a bagful, somebody (honest) takes and turns them into something useful. Nice talking with you, hope you have a nice day. We are in the midst of a cold snap, wow, it a virtual sauna today, just -12,we had several -30 days and despite my best efforts, the pipes froze at the old farmhouse. I had electric heaters on low, but the house is so leaky, it didn't seem to matter. Hello to everyone else online.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Marlee2
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   Posted 1/30/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
How can you take amitriptyline off and on without any problems??? I have been on it forever and just cutting back a little last spring caused more anxiety and a horrible flare.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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tyno3
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   Posted 1/30/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Marlee: I have been taking it for fifteen years  except a two year period when I lived in Florida, and I stopped yaking it altogether. I have directions from the doctor to take a larger dose at night (right now 75 mgs. and a smaller dose (25mgs.) during the day as a prn for the neurological pain which the usual pain meds don't work for. I haven't had any adverse reaction except it makes me feel foggy, drowsey, and kind of out of it. On the rare occassions when I do have to take a little during the really bad days. I can't function very well when I do, but at least I'm not in agony. I guess it's just different for different people.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


leemadd
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Most vets office will take pill bottles and left over meds if it is something they can use.
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