May 27, 2011
I have been looking at the vast amount of medications that I take for various ailments I take 14 pills in the morning and 18 pills at night. I have been looking through internet research trying to find combination drugs, cheaper drugs, and drugs that don't interact with my main pills that I can't change...This is going to be a long one, so get a cup of coffee and read on :)...
- I take coumadin for A-Fib (stroke prevention) but also for Deep Vein Thrombosis so this drug will never change...it is one of my life long drugs. IT is also the hardest drug to get along with in comparison to any of the other drugs I take.
- I take Toprol XL and alot of it, I take 125 mg 2 times a day, people that usually take this medicine take way lower doses and only once a day...because it is a once a day medicine. I take it for AVNRT, high blood pressure, and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
Then there is Sotalol 120 mg twice a day, which I take for V-Tach and A-Fib it is also a beta blocker which helps lower my BP even more...surprisingly enough my BP is usually 90/55.
Next on the list is the electrolytes Potassium 20Meq two times per day and magnesium 400mg two time per day for heart rhythm problems and that my blood test usually show that both are below normal when I get hospitalized.
I take Metformin 1000mg per night and Byetta (2 shots per day at 10mcg) for my diabetes, I have a few diabetes complications such as gastroparesis, which I take Reglan 10 mgs before each meal, and foot neuropathy, which I take Neurontin 400mg two time per day.
For my CHF I take Lasix 40 mg two times per day, spironalactone 25 mg per day and Captopril 12.5mcg per day.
I take Iron infusion every few months for beta thallassemia and sickle cell trait (35% of my RBC's are sickle shaped)
I take a nitro glycerine patch for my prinzmetal angina, which in turn give me a migraine which caused me to take Fioricet with codeine almost daily. There are a few bright sides...
I spend alot of time on the internet researching my health problems and medications, I have learned alot about dilated cardiomyopathy and all of it's treatments and test and average prognosis. I have found some programs that help me get the most out of my time in dealing with my health.
WIth all of this research I have been able to keep myself out of the hospital since June of 2009 (inpatient) and last ER visit was October of 2010! with that said I am going to bed...thanks for hearing me out :)