Well, I took a couple days off because I still felt good even now! It had a long lasting effect. So I gave the old liver a rest and have asked the rheumie for a lower dose and hopefully he will phone it in for me. I think that will be great. I don't know about taking it every day unless I take a much lower dose. I really threw my back out being so active and it reduced my pain, so that isn't good either. I'm thinking about trying it again on the weekend and hopefully before then I will have the lower dose, and I will try that. Taking 50mg might be the cat's meow.
I love the Voltaren gel. It works FANTASTIC on my neck, where I had so much surgery, and my lower back, as well as shoulder and knees. I have to alternate locations, but it's worth it. For my neck alone, it is great. Lower back too. It doesn't give you pill side effects and works great. Even if you don't have liver problems I would recommend it because there's no point in taking yet another pill when you can use a gel and not hurt your liver and kidneys. Pills have to be eight times stronger than the dose indicated to last all day, and the medicine effects you in an up and down fashion. The gel, like patches, is even and the right dose from the start. It's good stuff.
The provigil is far superior to Adderall, Ritalin, Straterra, and the other ADhD meds and really helps like pred does. I want to have it as an option for sure, though I like the fact I don't necessarily have to take it every day. My doc gives me a daily dose, but understands that in my unique case, it can get too strong. It could make you get kind of goofy if it was too strong.
I'll let you know when I get the hundreds and can take a fifty dose. It did work for days in regulating my sleep and readjusting my dopamine so that I was less fatigued and more active and content.
I would try it, though I would try a low dose first if you are prone to panic attacks or sensitive to meds or have heart problems. You could always raise it.
I had some heart irregularity when it wore off, beating irregularly and rapidly, but it went away with food, milk, and time and nightime meds (klonopin). My bp remained low.
There is no known antidote for it. Benzodiazapines don't seem to slow it down, antacids make it stronger, milk seemed to mildly help, food helps alot to slow down the breakdown. I would check with your doc about that, if it gets too strong, what you can do. I plan to talk with mine about it. So far, I use the milk thing and exercise to try to clear it a little and it works well. I'm really sensitive to meds though, really bad.
It's a keeper though. I hope you are doing better. It might be something to try definitely. Let me know.
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn