So, How Many Pills Do YOU Take?

HeartHawk Health Guide February 02, 2009
  • Talk about getting old! Each and every day I take 14 different drugs and supplements for a total of 25 pills to fight my heart disease. Anybody else who wants bragging rights feel free to comment and claim your throne as the king of pill takers. If nothing else it will make the rest of us feel better...

13 Comments
  • Chuck
    Oct. 11, 2010

    I'm 37, in pretty good health.  I run 3-5 miles three times a week, but am probably about 25-30 lbs overweight... I'm 6'1 and weigh about 230.  I've been on 10 mgs of Simvastatin to control high cholesterol that was originally detected at around 245.  Ever since the Simvastatin, it's been in the 170's.   I went through a spell of having...

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    I'm 37, in pretty good health.  I run 3-5 miles three times a week, but am probably about 25-30 lbs overweight... I'm 6'1 and weigh about 230.  I've been on 10 mgs of Simvastatin to control high cholesterol that was originally detected at around 245.  Ever since the Simvastatin, it's been in the 170's.   I went through a spell of having heart palpitations at rest, but no issue exercising.  I had a stress test and the cardiologist said it was good, but at a resting rate, a few palpitations occurred that the cardiologist called PVC's.  An Echo showed a small amount of mitral calcification.  I freaked out with those results and started doing research.  I've been taking 1000IU of Vitamin D3 and 50 mcg of K2 for about a week now.  I'm also committed to losing 25 lbs and keeping it off.  In your opinion, will the K2 and D3 inhibit and hopefully help reverse this minor mitral calcification?  Thanks.

    PS--I've always taken about 3,000 mgs of fish oil and 200 mgs of CoQ10.

  • Anonymous
    fpreston
    May. 29, 2009

    After flu shot led to severe flu, led to leg swelling, led to atrial-fibrilation, led to congestive heart failure, I am forced to take a lot of pills, more than 22.

     

    Prescribed (currently 8+ pills/day):

    Digoxin 0.125 1X daily (strengthens heart)

    Lisinopril 5 mg 1X daily

    Simvastatin 40 mg 1X daily (later stopped due to muscular problems)

    Warfarin 5 mg...

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    After flu shot led to severe flu, led to leg swelling, led to atrial-fibrilation, led to congestive heart failure, I am forced to take a lot of pills, more than 22.

     

    Prescribed (currently 8+ pills/day):

    Digoxin 0.125 1X daily (strengthens heart)

    Lisinopril 5 mg 1X daily

    Simvastatin 40 mg 1X daily (later stopped due to muscular problems)

    Warfarin 5 mg 1-1.5X daily (thins blood to reduce clots/strokes/etc)

    Furosemide 20 mg 3X daily  (diuretic; reduces blood pressure)

    Carvedilol 12.5 mg 2X daily

     

    Doctor ordered (3 pills/day):

    Aspirin 81 mg 1X daily

    Magnesium 400 mg 1X daily (I take 250 mg plus another 150 in a multi-vitamin)

    CoQ10 100 mg 1X daily  (rebuilds heart muscle)

     

    Personal addition (11 pills/day):

    CoQH 100 mg 1X daily (4 times the effective level of CoQ10) (rebuilds heart muscle)

    Niacin -currently at 1600 mg in 5 pills per day and gradually increasing (more HDL; reduces artery blockage)

    Multivitamin w/minerals 1X daily  (general health)

    B12 2000 mg 1X daily  (improves mood, adds energy)

    Fish Oil 1000 mg 2X daily (improves cholesterol: more HDL, less TG)

    Hawthorn 510 mg 1X daily (strengthens heart; natural diuretic, etc)

     

    I went from a heart EF of 17.3% (nearly dead) to currently 40% (in about 4 months)

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      May. 30, 2009

      Wow, that is absolutely fantastic progress to increase your EF to that amount!

       

      HH

  • Anonymous
    dawn74
    Feb. 05, 2009

    I take a few more than you but I dont have the time to get the box out and name them all. Most are supplements. I take a few of what you do. I take a statin, coQ10, Omeprazol (Prilosec) Prozac, Triamterine HCZ, Alleve, Tylenol for bursitus. I cant take vitamin c as I am allergic to ascorbic acid. I divide my pills up into three meals and take them with meals....

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    I take a few more than you but I dont have the time to get the box out and name them all. Most are supplements. I take a few of what you do. I take a statin, coQ10, Omeprazol (Prilosec) Prozac, Triamterine HCZ, Alleve, Tylenol for bursitus. I cant take vitamin c as I am allergic to ascorbic acid. I divide my pills up into three meals and take them with meals. I have quite a few more but it is too time consuming to write them all down. After reading your comments and revelations, I am going to up my vitamin D and COQ10. I dont have any real problems except pain in hips, legs and back so I take all this stuff to keep from getting anything serious.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Feb. 05, 2009

      Dawn:

       

      Glad I could be of assistance.  Vitamin D is so important and has recently been elevated to as high a status as supplements like fish oil.  Keep it up.  You will be glad you did!

       

      Looking out for your heart heath,

       

       

      HeartHawk

  • tx2sum
    Feb. 05, 2009

    I take 21 a day.  Only one of them is a prescription medicine, Benicar HCT 40 for blood pressure.  Other than that I take Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D, Fish oil with added vitamin D, 2,000 mg vitamin C, an Antioxidant and mineral product, a glucosamine product for my knees and ankles.   I've also cut down on processed foods and sugars. ...

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    I take 21 a day.  Only one of them is a prescription medicine, Benicar HCT 40 for blood pressure.  Other than that I take Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D, Fish oil with added vitamin D, 2,000 mg vitamin C, an Antioxidant and mineral product, a glucosamine product for my knees and ankles.   I've also cut down on processed foods and sugars.  Results?  My total cholesterol has gone from 240 to 185.  My weight has gone from 210 to 182, and my ankles and knees don't hurt.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Feb. 05, 2009

      tx2sum:

       

      That is great news.  You have got the formula down pat.  As we age we need more essential nutrients.  If we neglect ourselves then something breaks down sooner or later and you have to use drugs as a crutch to keep going.  Yes, in some instances drugs and surgery ARE the only answer.  For example,...

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      tx2sum:

       

      That is great news.  You have got the formula down pat.  As we age we need more essential nutrients.  If we neglect ourselves then something breaks down sooner or later and you have to use drugs as a crutch to keep going.  Yes, in some instances drugs and surgery ARE the only answer.  For example, if you don't put oil in your car you may need major surgery on the engine because no amount or combination of engine additives will fix the problem.  But like that car we can do preventive maintenance to avoid many of the major problems in the first place!

       

      Regards,

       

       

      HeartHawk

  • Anonymous
    Mountain
    Feb. 05, 2009

    My husband takes 31 different pills, has 3 inhalers, and 2 insulins.  He has COPD, congestiver heart failure, and diabetes.  He had a triple by-pass at in 2002 at the age of 45.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Feb. 05, 2009

      Hope your husband's condition improves.  It sounds like he has gone through quite a number of challenges.  When genetics or lifestyle gives you a sobering wake-up call it is time for action especially on controlable things like lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc.  The pills serve as a bridge or lifeline to get you through another day and to...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hope your husband's condition improves.  It sounds like he has gone through quite a number of challenges.  When genetics or lifestyle gives you a sobering wake-up call it is time for action especially on controlable things like lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc.  The pills serve as a bridge or lifeline to get you through another day and to make-up for genetic shortcomings.  Use the extra time they buy to live not just longer but healthier!

       

      Regards,

       

       

      HeartHawk

  • Anonymous
    GM Clayton
    Feb. 05, 2009

    Never have taken any pills. Am 80 and don't intend to take any. I am fortunate as I chose the right parents and have never ever smoked.

    • HeartHawk
      Health Guide
      Feb. 05, 2009

      GM:

       

      Congratulations on the great genetics and smart health choices.  Some of us are not so lucky!  Enjoy one of life's greatest benefits because when you have your health you have everything,

       

      Regards,

       

       

      HeartHawk

    • Anonymous
      Geoff Clayton
      Feb. 06, 2009

      Absolutely.

      Take a look at www.takeheart.co.uk

      Good fortune to you and yours

      Regards

      Geoff Clayton