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I had been on celebrex for about 15 years and this was thought to have been the problem with my kidneys. Anyone on this medication ask for a urine test when you see your doctor for your yearly exams.


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I use a large slot medicine box, 7 day compacity. However, I have seen the medicine
boxes with large slots, containing Am/PM/night meds.

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I did have to get a pill box. I was on 28 different prescriptions and, if I didn't use the pill box, there is no way I would remember what to take when. Now I am on 9 medications - none of them for my back and I still need the pill box. Maybe I just got lazy about remembering when to take things. With 7 heart stents, a triple bypass, life-long diabetes, congestive heart failure and Ankylosing Spondylosis of the spine, as well as failing kidneys; I am pretty much a mess. But we have to keep on keepin' on if we want to survive. I do sometimes wonder though, is it really worth it?

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When I was taking lots of meds on varying schedules, I did fine. Now that I am down to 4 meds, I am struggling to remember one dose of the medication I take 4 times a day. It sure doesn't make sense. I guess I could get a pill box, but I haven't ever needed one before. I don't know if all of the big pills I take could fit in one of those. I guess I'll have to give it some honest consideration. I need to take these meds as they were prescribed.

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9/7/11 9:38 A

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I also use pill boxes and pre-pour a week at a time. I recently changed the times I take some of my supplements, so to remind myself I left one of the pill bottles near my water glass as a visual reminder. Once I got into the habit of the changed times I stopped leaving the bottle out.

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9/7/11 7:59 A

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I used pill boxes for a long time. I have gotten away from it. I was taking meds six times a day.

Recently, I was doing well until I changed what time I took a couple of meds.
I think I am going to have to go back to the pill box. Especially for meds I take at 4 p.m.
I have a circular box for one dose for each of seven days. I think I might use that one for the 4 p.m. I have other boxes with 28 slots, but they are not big enough slots for some of my meds such as calcium and flaxseed oil pills. They do make larger boxes. They are pricey, and not to handy to throw in a purse. You have to take into consideration what will work for your lifestyle.

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Do any of you have problems remembering to take your meds? I am having problems remembering the third of my four dose a day medication. I just cannot quite get it in each day and although I know that taking it four times a day is best for me, I simply forget that third dose until it is time for the fourth dose. If any of you have an idea about a strategy to manage your daily meds. When I was on all of those prescriptions back when I didn't forget doses, Thanks for your ideas on this.

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8/21/11 12:27 P

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I printed out my drug list today and will take it tomorrow to the pain clinic. Thank you so much for that. Now I need to make one for all the surgeries. emoticon I have several interactions and need to watch what I am taking together.

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8/21/11 10:39 A

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My background with Vioxx--which I did so well with, grr for them taking it off the market. I think it was overkill given that it was doing well for so many. I went to Celebrex which was okay until I really, really reacted badly to it. I am not supposed to take ibuprofen or the other OTC NSAIDS, but if I am really having a headache, that's what I need since there is tylenol in my regular pain medication now. I notice that my entire body responds well to ibuprofen when I break down and take some to fight the headache.

Meds are really complicated and I would advise everyone to use that website. I was amazed when I found out about two perfectly acceptable products that I had been using for so long. I wonder if my CBCs would have improved as expected had I known about the calcium-iron thing.

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Thank you I am going to check it out. My Dr. has been great accepting my sensitivity to meds and I have so many question. emoticon

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8/13/11 1:42 P

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Good website suggestion, FELINA.

You sound like me - too many NSAIDS give me problems.

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If you go to www.drugs.com you can check for interactions, both drug-drug and drug-food, for all your meds. They even check some of the herbal supplements. They also tell you if you need to separate the times you take meds. I keep a running list there and add and subtract as my prescriptions and supplements change.

I was on Celebrex for years but developed an allergy to it. I was on Vioxx for a while, worked great, then it was taken off the market. I was then put on NSAID's, developed allergies to them too. I also react to glucosamine/chondroitin. I was on gabapentin for years but really couldn't tolerate it so took less than prescribed. My doctor is hesitant to try any med that has drowsiness as a side effect because my system tends to overreact and I get extremely drowsy and unable to function. Currently I'm off the gabapentin and trying a supplement, turmeric. It seems to be helping, reducing but not eliminating the pain.

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It is hard to remember what all cannot be combined with calcium.
I avoid taking most RX meds with it.

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I get a list that from CVS with every prescription (new and refilled both.) The thing I recently learned is that if you take an iron supplement and calcium, you should not take them at the same time because one will negate the other. I am sure glad I finally found that out, I have been doing it wrong for a very long time.

This might be a good place for us to share other info like that as well.

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I wanted to mention drug interactions.
If you stick with the same pharmacy, they usually can watch out for "DRUG - DRUG" interactions.

But, there are also interactions between "PRESCRIPTION DRUGS & OTC PRODUCTS." I used the term products, as some might consider something a drug, such as calcium. And, others might consider a product an herb because it came from the health food store.
There are also "DRUG - FOOD" interactions.



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Hi,

I've read a lot of research on the glucosamine chondroitin meds and there is no real proof that they help anyone, but many people swear by them. I think if it works for someone, that's all that matters.

As for the Savella, my doc said it was a side effect and she cut my dose down to 75 mg and has a "plan B" if that doesn't take care of the nausea and vomiting. For the first 4 days, I am doing okay so far. (keeping my fingers crossed!!)

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My brother takes Osteo Bi Flex. No way of knowing if it has really helped him. both of our parents had bad knees.

About new prescriptions on the market:
my doctor doesn't like to prescribe them for at least 12 months after they are available. He says a lot more problems are identified during those first 12 months. He did that with me with Vioxx - which did wonders for me. Celebrex is one of my allergies - having caused "vision disturbance." They believe that some NSAIDS cause swelling of the retina.

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Call the Dr. and was told that they had heard about PernaPlex. It worked nicely for some patients and not for others. Kind of like "Osteo Bi Flex" does or doesn't do. So I have ordered it...Nothing ventured, nothing gained. One thing I was told was to stop taking "Osteo" (which I do take), when I take the Perna. I had already thought of that. The hype about it sounds "To Good To Be True", which it probably is, but I'm going to find out. I usually don't fall for these kinds of things.
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Hi there,

LouAnne, I haven't heard of that one (yet.) It will probably show up around here later. I think asking your doctor is a good idea.

I got a couple of comments on my blog. I think it is possible that it is the culprit of my stomach aches and vomiting.

I am going to talk to Dr. Miller about it this week and see what she thinks.

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Great thread Sylvia, wish we had posted it before now, but better late than never. So thank You.

Your idea about bloging Savella is a good one.....I don't have any experience with it so can't shed any light on your situation.

Does anyone know anything about PernaPlex? It's been advertised heavily here, targeting people with back and knee pain. The articles I've read about it sounds great, but I'm wondering if it is just an advertising ploy. I wary of that. But if it did what it claims, I'd order it tonight with next day shipping. Think I'll call my Dr. tomorrow and ask if they are recommending it, or know anything about it. It's OTC med. that contains Chondroitin but not Glucosamine. Any info would be appreciated.

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It sure sounds like you are giving it your best.
I think I'm going to blog in a bit and title it Savella and see if it gets anyone else's attention around here. I would like to know if it is what is making me sick so often. I hate to give up meds that are helping me, but being sick like I have been is no help in the long run. Wish me luck!!

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A humidifier helps but with the heat and having to use a warm vaporizer I try to avoid using it. I am going to try taking the medicine earlier than bedtime and see if it helps.

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That sounds perfectly horrible, Nola. What do your doctors say about that? Do medications cause it or is it something else? Does a humidifier help at all?

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I can only tolerate very low doses of medications. I do have a problem of developing dry mouth which is a complication with my vocal cord issues. It is a special problem at night and I wake up with bloody mucus. Does anyone have this problem and how do you solve it?

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Thanks Linda,
I loved Vioxx and they took it off the market, leaving it's relative Celebrex as available. I cannot take Celebrex and we list it as an allergy for me. The reality is that it caused me to have Congestive Heart Failure with the first symptom being swelling in my legs unlike anything I have ever seen even after 8 pregnancies. We are now calling Cymbalta an allergy as well after I took it and it made me black out while I was teaching. Some of these drugs do powerful things. I hope that somebody else somewhere knows something about Savella. I feel far less pain when I am taking it, but if it is responsible for the stomach upset and vomiting, I think it might have to go. I seem to do okay for a while and then I have an awful reaction. It also might be that this last increase might be a problem. I will talk to my doctor about it this week, but it is too bad that this has to be a part of any medication.
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Thanks for starting this thread.
I am not on any of the meds you are taking. I don't know anything about Savella.
The other two - I was familiar with as a nurse.
I had a lot of side effects when I too hydrocodone. It made me jittery, sleepless, or have nightmares.
Right now - I only take generic Flexeril and tylenol. I don't do well with NSAIDS, either, and am allergic to 3-4 of them.

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Ho all,

I have had a tough couple of days and I don't know if it is medicine related (my first guess) 0r heat related or just some bug. That made me think that maybe some of us would benefit from having a thread to discuss meds and their effects.

I have fibromyalgia to go along with my arthritis and my back injuries. My new spine doctor has "maxed out" the dose on a couple of meds I have been taking for my fibromyalgia because at much higher doses they treat the kind of nerve damage I have from my back surgeries. I am now taking 100 mg of Savella twice a day and 900 mg of gabapentin four times a day, which is up from 50 mg of Savella twice daily and 600 mg of gabapentin three times a day. I also wear a 75 mg fentanyl patch and I have hydrocodone 7.5/500 for breakthrough pain. The drug that seems to conjure up nasty stomach issues for me is the Savella. I get really nauseated at times, depending on if I have had a good solid base of protein and non-sugary carbs before I take it or not. Yesterday, I vomited multiple times and today, well, I managed but I was careful not to even sip any water when the wave of discomfort hit me.

Do any of you take Savella? If you do, I am curious if you have some rough reactions to it as well.

The purpose of this thread is for anyone to discuss any meds from prescription to injections to OTC supplements. If you want to know something, ask away. We are not medical people, but there is a chance that someone else here has some experience with the same med and we can help you to figure things out!!

Take care,
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