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okie
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   Posted 10/6/2007 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wondered if any one has noticed any of their meds giving them bad dreams? I never used to remember any of the dreams I have. I couldn't even tell you if I was dreaming or not. The past few months it seems I have some pretty disturbing dreams. I wake up and turn on the t.v. a while just so I can get my mind on somthing else. It can be quite uncomfortable sometimes. Also I get pretty foggy and stumble over my words somtimes.
thanks
carol


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Razzle
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   Posted 10/6/2007 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Prednisone has been known to give me some really strange dreams. Don't know about the stumbling over the words thing - I've done that from time to time myself but don't know if it is a part of Lupus or not. My Mom had trouble with that when she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so maybe it is just part of the fatigue....

On the other hand, Vitamin B6 is supposed to help people remember their dreams, so maybe you just have an imbalance of B vitamins? Just thinking while typing...

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okie
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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Raz, thanks. I had never heard that about b6 before. The past few month I have been taking the b12 that you put under your tongue because the doctor said I was getting enough. So you could be right about some kind of imbalance. I wouldn't mind the dreams so much if they were good dreams but they always seem to leave me a little shakey.

hugs
carol
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Carol
Lupus, possible Crest, COPD, Cervical Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis
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sharentrials
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   Posted 10/6/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Carol. I know taking prednisone stimulates your central nervous system. If you have Daniel J. Wallace's book, he goes into a good bit of detail as to what all it can effect. I would think that it could possibly effect your dreaming from things he describes. I've always had crazy dreams (on and off...even before the prednisone). I think mine is a combination of the crazy stuff I see on TV along with all the crazy stuff life is constantly throwing at me. If you decide to try to alter things with vitamin levels just be sure to check with your rheumy before you do. I know some of them in too high levels can cause damage. I questioned some additional B6 appt. before last (because I read where prednisone can deplete you of it) and mine told me no more than 20mg per day. It can cause things like peripheral neuropathy in doses to high. Just be careful. Take care,
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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mom46
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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol,
   I have been having some whacky dreams since I have been taking Chantix and Vytorin. I started them both the same day but, I think the weird dreams is a side effect of the Chantix for me. Before taking these two meds, the only time I would have crazy dreams and remember them was when I have a high fever.
  I hope this gets better for you soon...(((hugs))). It's annoying waking up several times a night from a scary or crazy dream. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                 Love, Babs
 
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Ginny
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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Carol and all,
 
What a great topic!  Yes, I have the weirdest dreams.  They stick with me all day and drive me a bit crazy sometimes.  I notice them get worse when I've eaten something shortly before going to bed.... Also if my lupus is flaring a bit.  I haven't attributed my meds to them though.  That's a good thought.  I'll probably dream about this tonight..... Hahaha.
 
Ginny
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emmi
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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Carol,
When I used to take pred, crazy dreams were a major side effect for me. They drove me crazy. I also get them when I'm sick. This is a good thing to bring up when you see your rheumy next week.

xoxo emmie
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hippimom2
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   Posted 10/7/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Carol, I also experience weird and sometimes really horribly disturbing dreams from some of my meds. Some of these dreams are so bad that I have to get up out of bed and watch some tv for a while. For me, I mostly get these dreams when I start a new med or increase a dose. When I first started prednisone I had horrible nightmares to the point where I didn't want to go to sleep for fear of the nightmares. Luckily after a abouta month, things started to get better and I didn't have the dreams as frequently.

Since I switched from amitriptyline to doxepin I've started the bad dreams all over again. Some of them are so disturbing, that I wake up almost gasping because they are so bad. I think I'm finally adjusting to this med and the dreams are slowing down again. I think my body is just super sensitive to any new med.

I agree with emmi about talking to your rheumy about this - it would be interesting to see what he thinks.

Take care and sweet dreams :)
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okie
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   Posted 10/7/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sharen, Bab's, Emmie, Ginny.Hippi! Happy Sunday Morning! I hope you all had a good night sleep. Bab's my bro said the sae thing about Chantrix that it gave him horrible nightmares. As long as these dreams are from the pills and not some brain malfunction I can live with it. Emmie, I hadn't though about telling the rheumy about it. Thanks I would have not thought of it on my own. I still have about 6 pages to go through with questions that his office sent. fortunately most of them are yes and no. One Of them I didn't care for. Since this is an open forum all I say is the rheumy wants to know how many and what gender I spen my evenings with. How that pertains to anything is beyond me. It didn't  even say it was an optional question.

Anyway getting ready for church. My make up has already melted off it's so humid.

love ya all

carol


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Carol
Lupus, possible Crest, COPD, Cervical Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis
Prednisone 5mg, Plaquanil 800mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax x3
 
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ 2. The American G. I
 
 
 


mom46
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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Carol))),
  Let us know what the docs says. I hope you slept better last night. I had some weird dreams again and woke up several times. I will be taking the Chantix one more month and hopefully, my dreams will stop. It has really help me cut down on smoking so, I'm giving it another month to make me stop compelety. I'm down to a pack about every 5 days now...YAY!!  Take care Carol!!
                                                Love ya, Babs
 
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cured4real?
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   Posted 10/7/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol--
Effexor, which it turns out I'm allergic to, used to give me weird vivid dreams. Sometimes I get them on prednisone, and I find it helps to write them down. Sometimes there's a scary story there or sometimes they were scary but ended up being really dumb once I wrote them down. I hope you have some better dreams, I try to imagine something good while I"m going to sleep so that I get sent off in a good state of mind. Like reliving a good memory. Hope you sleep well.
Love, Marji
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   Posted 10/7/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol:

I just wanted to say I'm sorry you're having those strange dreams. I'm not much of a dreamer and actually I usually don't remember my dreams. I hope that things settle down for you and that your dreams improve and that you start to feel better soon.

Just wanted to send you a few (((hugs))) and wish you well.

Love,
Barb
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   Posted 10/7/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the most vivid crazy dreams on prednisone EVERY NIGHT.  Sometimes they are funny,  sometimes they are just dumb,  most of the time they are scarey!  It's kind of become a family routine.  I get up and tell  my crazy dream for the night and my family tries to "analyze" me!  :)
 
This is just a little added note of thanx...tomorrow my three year old nephew will be "officially" ours!  My sister has had him since he was 7 months old and finally his adoption will be final!  We are so excited and thankful!  God has smiled on us.  Of course,  he's been 'ours' always;  but we will breathe a sigh of relief when it's official through the court!  My sister is unable to have children.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats MJLD!!!! I bet your sister is just ecstatic!!! I can tell you couldn't love him more!!!

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emmi
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   Posted 10/7/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Okie,
At least you put make up on! LOL I usually wash my face, put on some lotion and sunscreen, then add my dark sunglasses. I feel like I am going out incognito! (uh-huh. who am I kidding?)

Babs,
I am so proud of you with your quitting effort. You keep it up. You'll be there soon. I did it several years ago. I felt so free when I quit. I had no idea I had been such a slave to those stinky Butt sticks! You just keep at it. One deep breath at a time. One walk around the block or whatever at a time. You CAN and WILL do it.

xoxo emmie
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okie
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   Posted 10/8/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone, Thank you for responding and giving me some idea of what could be causing this. I actually didn't have a dream last night. At least not one I remember. MJLD that's wonderful news about your new addition. Congratulations. Emmie trust me if I wasn't going to church I probably wouldn't even have put my teeth in lol. Bab's let me add to your acheivement! that is awesome news. You go girl! Hey Marji, thanks for the info on the pred. I have actually been taking more of it lately since I got pnemonia. It could be the culprit. Barb, thank you for the hugs! I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

love ya all

carol


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Carol
Lupus, possible Crest, COPD, Cervical Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis
Prednisone 5mg, Plaquanil 800mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax x3
 
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ 2. The American G. I
 
 
 

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