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aggscott
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   Posted 11/12/2007 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning all~
 
I started to take Cellcept on Friday, after being in total shock over the price(WOW-why is it so expensive?) I had to get a blood test to start it and when I went to fill it, I didn't have enough money to pay the Co-Pay..so my nice Pharmacist let me get the prescription on credit which is unheard of anymore I think..So onto the question-
 
It says to take it on an empty stomach, well that to me is when I wake up in the morning so that is how I have been taking it. But, I also take my Methadone in the morning(I take it for pain managment)So what I have been doing is taking my Methadone, waiting an hour then taking the Cellcept, then eating an hour or so later and then taking my prednisone and DHEA.
 
Taking all these pills so close together does anyone think this is too many at such a small time? I just don't know..I know I should ask the doctor but, so many people here take some of these meds that I thought I would ask..how do you take your pills?
 
Aggie
 

Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/12/2007 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Although against recommendation, I take my Cellcept at the same time as Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Wellbrutrin SR, Valtrex, Vit C, Vit D, B-12.

My rhuemy is aware of this -- I have problems taking pills more than 2x daily -- AM & PM, I never remembered to take the cellcept in 1 hour. He says this lessens the effect (like 75% of what I'm really taking), but has caused me no problems.

You should probably check w/you dr(s) before taking the 2 meds together; I wouldn't do it without the dr knowing.

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Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, Valtrex
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 11/12/2007 1:03:06 PM (GMT-7)


aggscott
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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lynn-

When I went to the Pharmacy today I asked him what he thought and told him just what I was taking and how. He said it was fine so I'm good..I forgot I was going to the pharmacy today...bad brain fog sometimes...

Aggie

misscali
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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there!
I have been taking cellcept for about 8 or 9 months now. I take 1250 mgs two times a day. I take it with micro-k, prednisone, protonix, baby asprin, and ferrous gluconate in the morning and also with coumadin at night. My doctor said in general medications tend to absorb better when taken with food and when taken at different times in the day so i try to spread out my medications throughout the day. I have so many that I cannot take any of them alone so I spread them out to 4 times a day. Sometimes if I wake up late I have to also take my cellcept with plaquenil and osti-cal. The way in which you take it might matter, but I have not encountered any trouble with it as of now and it has helped me a lot...depite how ridiculously expensive it is, i think its a great drug.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a miracle drug for me -- brought my brain back from about 50% to 95%!!! Thank goodness -- and also had some other physical changes to the positive.

However, it's good to note, at least in the back of your mind, that it is a chemotherapy (like MTX), and can have adverse effects. My hair thinned A LOT when I was on 3x500mg twice a day (3000mg total), but started coming back in when I dropped to 2x500 twice a day (2000mg total). The lower dosage seems to have maintained the good cognitive results I got from the higher dose.

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, Valtrex
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lupus fighter
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   Posted 11/13/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am taking Cell Cept 3000 mg a day. I have been taking it for about 7 Monthes and I was wondering how long it took before your dosage was lowered Lynnwood?
Loving Life 


Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/13/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
about 9 months, but none of this stuff ends up being the same for any of us!

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SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, Valtrex
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applesk82
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   Posted 11/19/2007 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
with my medications i take the ones i only take once a day in the morning and the the once i take twice a day i take in the morning with the other meds and then again 12 hrs. later, that's how they gave it to me in the hospital after my kidney transplant so i figured if its ok in the hospital its ok at home. and i am on cellcept 2000mg twice a day.
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/19/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Apples . . . I would NOT shape my rx schedule like the hospital. They really jazzed up my mom. I had to practically stand on her to get her to take her thyroid meds in the am and an hour before food . . . Then she had a hospital stay and they gave it to her WITH food. She did the same thing (copied the hospital routine) when she got home. Well . . . her TSH was getting worse and worse and the doctor kept upping the synthroid. When I asked her how she was taking it, she said that the hospital gave it to her with b'fst so she kept doing that. When I got her to go back to the 1 hour before b'fst routine, she needed 1/3 the amount she had worked up to.

When I have questions about meds, I talk to the prescribing doc and the pharmacist.

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Post Edited (AlwaysRosie) : 11/19/2007 6:18:49 AM (GMT-7)

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