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Sep 02, 2016 7:30 AM

Hi everyone this has been a question I've had for a while now.
When it comes to medication, do you concern yourself more with the good it will do you or the possible harm it could do? Ex. Sleeping pills , pain meds and addiction or is the possible relief and improve quality of life more important?

Sep 02, 2016 8:06 AM

The only thing I think about is the drug going to help me. I do check the side effects but my meds haven't been changed in so long, I don't even worry about that any longer. I know that if something comes up and I HAVE to be somewhere and I have to drive, I will skip hours and hours of medication to the point the pain is higher than the meds can handle when I finally take them.
Don't know if that's helpful to you or answers your question or not but that's all I got Hon. ๐Ÿ’•

Sep 02, 2016 8:16 AM

Every time my kid's or I get a new medication usually do a pros vs cons list.

I also look at the fact is this going to make my life easier with minimal long lasting side effects and or damage?

Everyone is different on how they respond to the medication and what works for one may not work for the next. Good luck hunni you have my prayers๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน

Sep 02, 2016 10:38 AM

Will it help. I am desperate for some if they relief. I'll deal with the side effects if they a r

Sep 02, 2016 12:10 PM

Thank you guys..i bring this topic up because of my insomnia. I have nortriptylin but since I've been on my lupron Injection my sleeping has gotten double worse.so I ha e amnbein for regard night. And I've had a lot of hard nights. I've heard it addictive but it does help me and I've tried OTC meds but they don't work at all. So I suppose I was just concerned if I should be worried if I have to keep using will it some day not work too.

Sep 02, 2016 12:27 PM

I've been having the same problem. The ambien is the only thing that works, but I'm trying to figure out how to get off of it before it becomes addictive.

Sep 04, 2016 2:24 PM

Because of my sensitivities and allergies I do review side effects, just so I'm aware. And I like to know the benefits outweigh the risks.

Sep 04, 2016 4:02 PM

Hello ๐ŸŒน NFB
I was given absolutely no medical guidance...๐Ÿ˜“just given a script, and told to come back in 3 months! ๐Ÿ˜ฒI easily fell into a cycle of addiction and ๐Ÿ˜œwithdrawal ๐Ÿซ

4 years later... they made me ๐Ÿค”dependant by constant upping of the the dosages ๐Ÿ˜ขof those hard drugs... and now... they changed their minds! ๐Ÿ˜ฒThey now want me to reduce!๐Ÿซ

๐Ÿค—My advice... stay off opioids ๐Ÿค”as long as u can. ๐Ÿ˜Do take them if u need to..๐Ÿ˜‰. but keep the dose as low as u can... ๐Ÿ“–and stay informed about side effects. ๐Ÿด

โš˜Hello...๐Ÿค—My name is Lulabel โš˜...and i am dependant๐Ÿ˜“ on fentanyl + lyrica + tramadol + diazepam๐Ÿซ

Still laughing ๐Ÿ˜œ

Sep 04, 2016 4:15 PM

I was not aware lyrica was dependant forming? I'm on it too. And I'm on tramadol only be its all they will give me. It only calms the pain. I'm also on Ambien and si CE I've been on lupron my sleeping has gotten worse again. And the original dose of ambian is not working so I've been wanting to increase to one extra pill.

Sep 04, 2016 4:47 PM

Ive been on lyrica for years...๐Ÿค— it is hard to reduce...๐Ÿค” because if i reduce too quickly๐Ÿซ (as i did 6months ago) ๐Ÿชit gave me suicidal thoughts ๐Ÿ˜ฒ even tho i have always tolorated it well before. ... def read the whole leaflet on that one and be aware of the sides ๐Ÿ˜š

Sep 05, 2016 2:12 PM

Newfibrogirl, I'm on tramadol as my breakthrough pain med, no problems. But the Ambien is another story. I started taking it in 2008, and they upped it twice by the time I realized I could not sleep without it: dependent on it. In 2014 I asked my psych doc to help me get off of it, so we started weaning and changing my behavior before bedtime, prepping hour sleep doing relaxing things. I now use 1/2 tablet of melatonin with my antidepressant, and if necessary a anxiety tab. I avoided all caffeine after 2-3 pm, and I avoided computer use or drama (TV or real life) after 7:30 pm. I also had to make myself go to bed & get up at the same time every day, even when i didn't sleep well. I posted the list of sleep tips sometime ago, but most of this was on it. I've slept much better in the past 2 years than I did ever on Ambien. Unfortunately Ambien can make you dependent, and the higher the dose goes the worse it will be. I even use relaxing trees or music when needed. I hope you can get better sleep soon. But a lot of it may be strictly due to what you're going through medically. Stress will cause insomnia. Hugs live & prayers! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Sep 05, 2016 2:12 PM

live = love

And meant to add that the higher Fosse of Ambien was causing very bad mood swings for me. I had no choice but to come off. But everyone is different with every meds. It is just hold that there are cannabis options for those who have it; GA is a no except for kids with uncontrollable seizures and stuff... No adults.

Sep 05, 2016 2:43 PM

they give me 1pmg citalopram a day for depression (not sure if its working) and cannabis for pain. (it's definitely working ) Oddly enough, the cannabis also helps against the depression, and is not addictive.

Sep 05, 2016 2:46 PM

Thank you flappys..I'm in the process of changing gyno dr but before I started my chemo I almost had my sleep in control but now every thing is off the charts. And my pain at night tends to get extreme. I'll b going to the general practice Dr in a few weeks to ask him about it.

Sep 05, 2016 2:46 PM

really need an edit function. Back to the topic though. I concentrate on the positive aspects of my medication as opposed to the side effects

Sep 05, 2016 2:51 PM

Darkblade the edit control is on the upper right of your comment section. And your all right. I can tell I've become a lot more paranoid and anxious since I started this latest treatment for my tumors. And my concerns about the ambian could be very irrelevant. Like u said I watched a new segment about chronic pain today and the Dr said basically the same.thinf. that there is a possibility for dependency on medication but addiction is another separate issue and as lone as your body needs and is benefit from it that's the most important thing.

Sep 05, 2016 6:56 PM

I have been on the same sleeping pill same dose for 15 yrs I will never be able to come off .I have tried and end up not sleeping for days ...it's not pretty..anyway I am on fentanyl and oxycodone for breakthrough pain. My doctor wants me off the fentanyl and off the oxycodone and referring me to a medical marijuana clinic( legal here in Canada) I always check side effects but I what is most important to me is to be in less pain as possible! I don't think about addiction or what can happen in 10 yrs because I need to get through today and get to tomorrow. I hope that one day there will be a cure but until then I need to function and the only way I can do that is not to be in crazy pain..

Sep 05, 2016 7:33 PM

Amen Anna..your so right. I'm still new to my diagnosis and I wish my drs will listen to me in regards to my pain. But til then I will just be gald I've git something that works for at least one symptom. Because being up alone all night in agony is the worst.

Sep 06, 2016 9:55 AM

DB ๐Ÿ˜™u can edit ur post up to one hour of posting it... ๐Ÿค—same with each comment u post...๐Ÿค”
Just post...๐Ÿซ and then at the top right of that post ๐Ÿค—is a little pencil icon where u can go in and edit ...good luck ๐Ÿค—

I edited this now ๐Ÿ˜œ yes top right!

Sep 06, 2016 1:14 PM

Remember, the edit function is only available on Pain Companion App and not Catch My Pain๐Ÿ˜Š

Sep 06, 2016 2:49 PM

Good point Jah โค how are u hunni ๐Ÿค—

Sep 06, 2016 4:52 PM

I'm doing ok thanks Lulabel, physio is a bitch when you've lost even more muscle tone but it's going well and my pressure sore has been behaving, so a all in all, things are good๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

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