After a restful Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to discuss something with you. Steroid Tapers .
As you know, I have had a recent MS relapse . This one wasn’t one which I just wanted to “wait it out” for. I’ve done that with very minor bumps/relapses along the road during the recent years. In fact since switching drug treatment two years ago, my MS relapses had been more subtle and my MS has been more stable.
So until the last couple of weeks, I had not had a real-life, steroids-requiring MS relapse which sent me to the doctor’s office in search of treatment in a long while. This time around I knew that I would be asking for Solumedrol but it was just a matter of timing. I had concert commitments over the weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday was coming up.
MS was affecting my leg strength and causing foot drop (which is new to me) in my right foot, the same one which had been showing a bit of clonus during yoga sessi...
A community member said, "I'm just about to run out of Citalopram over the period of three to four days. What can I expect from stopping suddenly?"
She went on to say, "I've been working non-stop the last two weeks and have now been snowed in so I haven't had a chance to get myself to the doctor to renew my prescription! Today is Thursday and I have one more dose until I'm out completely, and tomorrow I have no time to get to the doctor. What are some things I can expect to happen from stopping Citalopram suddenly? I know that if I am aware of the side effects then I will hopefully be able to handle them accordingly until Monday when I can get a repeat."
If this happens to you, the first thing you need to do is contact the pharmacy. They may be able to give you a few days supply until you can get an order for a refill.
If you only miss a few doses, the effects probably won't be too bad. If your pills are tablets, you can often cut them into smaller pieces using a pill splitter or...
Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
Here's the Story...
Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
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