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Old 02-27-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Strange reaction

I have FMS, Lupus and Heart Valve Problems and long standing problems with multiple medication allergies and weird reactions. I have Bronchitis and had been told I could take Mucinex with the meds I take but was told to half them. I have taken them before with my regular meds, but last night after I took 1/2 Mucinex and later my nighttime meds, I broke out in an all over sweat and lost all my meds from stomach problems. I felt horrible, never did close my eyes all night, and now I am afraid to take my nightly meds. I did okay with the morning Plaquenil, aspirin, and Aciphex after eating breakfast. I waited about an hour to take the Mucinex but was already feeling much more poorly from the Bronchitis before I could get it down and get relief. I tried to call pharmacy but they could not advise. I have decided to leave off the nighttime meds til Monday and see what the doctor says. I am so tired of this happening every time I have to alter one bit of my medication regimen. I know I will pay for leaving off my other meds if only for a night or two.

Does anyone else have these kinds of problems to this extreme? It is so disheartening, as it takes me days to get over this type of reaction. Surely there has to be something out there to combat such problems in people like me. I don't think I will ever be able to be medicated like I should be.

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Old 02-28-2010, 04:37 AM   #2
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Re: Strange reaction

I'm so sorry you are having such a difficult time! Finding the right timing for a variety of medications can really be a challenge, everyone is different, and every illness on top of a baseline disease presents even further problems.

There are so many unknowns that enter the equation...current level of hydration being one of the biggies, add to it generic meds vs. trade names, understanding our own physiology. It boggles the mind! Sometimes it might be easier to treat certain illnesses with home remedies and bronchitis, getting lots and lots of fluid, knowing how to cough properly (in stages), understanding how you lose so much more fluid due to mouth breathing, being patient with the time it will take to have an illness resolve....we, myself included, just want to take a medicine and have the miserable feeling go away.

Our stomachs can be fine one day and revolt the next. I am truly sorry you are so discouraged.

Old 03-10-2010, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: Strange reaction

due to the reaction I was having with the bronchitis meds and my regular meds, I have left them off for almost two weeks now. I am better in the bronchitis area, but my leaving off the regular meds has made me realize that I actually feel better aches and pain wise than I feel when I am taking them. I have decided to leave them off until I see the Rheumie next week and ask his guidance. I know I will probably get a big lecture about treating myself, but at the time, I felt it was more important to get the respiratory symptoms under control and if the only way I could tolerate those meds was to leave off the other offending drugs, then so be it. I know that I have been plagued with leg and hip pain almost constantly over the last couple of years and that has let up dramatically since leaving off my "normal" medication regimen. I know that some of the meds are essential, but I am wondering if they are all necessary since I have had this improvement by leaving them off. I am hoping I can add them back one at a time to see which ones may be the offenders. I hope I am right and the doctor understands my decision to leave them off.

Old 03-10-2010, 01:18 PM   #4
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Re: Strange reaction

I don't have any advice really to offer but I will say that I just had bronchitis along with a nasty kidney infection (and now more and growth of existing stones! Yikes) and my Rheumatologist advised me to not take any of the Rheum meds until I had completed the antibiotic/mucinex/allegra/ depo dose pack therapy for the infections as the rheum meds hinder the ability to fight the infections.

I finally completed the meds for my infections and was feeling awful! Started back with all the Rheum meds yesterday. Even though I was on antibiotics etc I feel horrible. I cannot sleep and though I got up at 5:30am today and made my way to work I didn't start to notice my joints limbering up or start to even feel alive until about 10 am.

Perhaps you feel like you feel better because the infection is clearing up, etc. I would be worried about stopping my treatments without discussing it first with my doctor though because from what I've gathered about Lupus, it can be causing organ damage etc even when you don't necessarily feel like you are having a flare. Also, I wonder how long some of the Rheum meds stay in our systems? Because though you are off of those treatments now, aren't they still somewhat active in the system for a while once treatment is stopped?

Sorry to hear about your reaction! I bet that is frustrating and frightening. I think you did the right thing by focusing on treating the bronchitis.

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