Back into the pool with a whole new round of medications, this got me to thinking about
a few things. First, let me being by stating what I'm taking right now...
40mg of Prednisone once a day to try and control the flare.
50mg of Imuran once a day to premedicate for Remicade
30mg of Prevacid once a day to repair damage done when vomiting.
300mg of Trimethobenzamide every 6 hours to control the vomiting.
Hydrocodone 7.5/500 x2 every 4 hours to control the pain of the current flare.
And soon to be Remicade.
Now, I understand that I was born with a chronic illness, and as much as that sucks ass, I hate fighting the side effects and requirements of my medications. Allow me to explain...
Over the last two weeks, I began to realize that I can't take the Prednisone in the morning, because I have the flushing and a few other issues. The moon face has already started to move in. Imuran drops the immune system, and thanks to prior experience, I love getting everything that anyone around me has... The Prevacid is rather mute, as it doesn't appear to make me feel any worse, but now let's move into the two biggest culprits. Trimethobenzamide and the codeine. The Trimethobenzamide makes me drowsy. Fine. Understandable. I don't vomit. Nifty. The codeine, controls the pain WHILE making me drowsy. I don't take the codeine often unless things are bad, but when the Trimethobenzamide and codeine meet, I go to sleep. I don't mean, "Oh, i feel a little sleepy. I need to take a nap or an energy drink..." no... I mean... "Hey let me type this... *snore*... oh god, I dozed off again..." I have dozed off in mid sentence talking to someone. So I have to stagger them in order to make a small window of sleepiness...
And now, reading up on the possibilities of what Remicade may do to me... GAH.
Am I the only one who thinks that side effects are one of the most god awful things ever? I mean seriously. It's not bad enough that we get stuck on one drug that does one thing. No, we get stuck on a whole array of drugs with a whole array of side effects. Regardless of any of our treatments, we all get stuck on a bunch of different things and hope for the best. And yes, this is something that occurs with chronic illnesses with no real cure, but it sucks for us the patients...
Just a rant, feel free to add in about what you think about your current medications. I'm sure I'm taking a considerable smaller amount than some, but feel free to let loose about any of your meds.
And I didn't even get started on those good ole' blood tests that come along side the Imuran. I hate needles!