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...
I have what was called "silent" migraines with numbness in face, vision problems, auras, sometimes stomach is upset, and mostly on right side. I was put on propranolol 60mg (once a day--but changed to 20 three times a day) however, I had problems with low blood pressure problems either way and was switched to Topamax and APAP butalbital caffeine pill (this one to use when my numbness and migraines started). I had problems and ended up having shaking spells (thought to be seizures) and stroke like symptoms--my right side has paralysis with the numbness and vision with the silent migraines. The doctor says it is called a hemiplegic migraine. I'm now on Keppra generic brand and I have mainly stopped the shaking spells. I take 500 mg twice a day and currently I still have migraine spells, but not as much and the shaking only seems to happen if I'm late on my medications.
Oh! one other item--both times I was placed in the hospital and my sugar was low 63 and 64--bu...
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...
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