Anyone have weird reactions to meds??

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   Posted 11/28/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently taking Plaquenil, Keppra, a daily prenatal vitamin, daily folic acid supplement, colace & zantac. I took midol complete the other night for cramps/bloating etc. It treats cramps, bloating, fatigue, headache, backache etc & so it has acetaminophen, caffeine, a diuretic & whatever else in it to help with the symptoms. I only took 1 pill at first(the usual dose is 2 pills every 6 hrs)..after about an hr i felt a little out of it and dizzy but it didn't really work for the pain so I took the other pill. After that kicked in I felt nauseous, lightheaded, weak, shakey etc. I thought maybe it was because I hadn't eaten so I grabbed something but it didn't make a difference. Later on I still didn't feel better so my bf checked my bp & it was 138/52. My bp usually runs around 110ish/70s or even hovers around normal range at 120/80. When my lupus is flaring it can go up to around 140/upper 80s/90. I didn't recheck my bp after the meds wore off and I was feeling better but Im pretty sure that is what caused it since I felt the way I did. I cannot take Benadryl or Sudafed because they make me jittery/anxious. Im just wondering if this is another one of those meds I wont be able to tolerate due to the lupus now or if anyone else has had any similar experiences? Why does this happen? Im interested in all stories! Thanks. -Lupie Britt

P.S. I also seem to be overly sensitive to caffeine anymore as well..makes me shakey,jittery,and of course messes with my nystagmus i get since ive had seizures and i dont have to have a lot..even a half of a cup or too much chocolate does it...anyone with similarities?

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   Posted 11/28/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I can relate to the caffeine sensitivity. I can no longer drink coke or products with caffeine because I get really jittery and it feels like my heart is pouding through my chest and almost like palpations are occuring, allthough I have checked my heart rate with BP machines that are supposed to detect heart rthym abnormalties. It does shoot up my heart rate to around 150-160. I might suggest that the caffeine from the midol is probably what messed with you. I get that same sensations you describe if I take excedrin (that has caffeine) I don't know why it happens so I am also interested if anyone else experiences this and if they know why??
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   Posted 11/29/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish someone could tell me why! I know last night I wasn't feeling well..not like the other night, I had pressure in my head and my chest and sitting seemed to relax the chest pressure but not the headache. I had my bf take my bp again and it was 128/60 so I guess it wasn't the midol that did that because I hadn't taken anything other than my regular meds. Before I got pregnant I was taking Excedrin Migraine for my headaches because it was the only thing that worked...I guess Ill have to stop taking that too?? I also was getting elevated bp's(130s-140/80s-90)& elevated heartrates(anywhere from 80s-160s, and higher if i was moving around and not just standing/sitting still)from lupus and not necessarily the caffeine. Idk what I will be able to take now for the headaches or really whats the cause of them. I do have chronic allergies and sinus issues and showed mastoiditis slightly on an MRI over a year ago. Not sure if this is of any relation or not...?
*Lupie Britt*- Epilepsy Dx: 2003 & SLE Dx: 2009-Expecting Baby # 2! :)-Current Meds:Plaquenil-200mg 2x/day, Keppra-500mg 2x/day, Prenatal Vitamin- 1 pill/day, Folic Acid- 1mg 1x/day
*Due September 25th 2010*
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