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Has anyone else taken #Clopidogrel prior to cataract surgery? From our forums: “Hi. I'm 75 years old. My cardiologist prescribed Deplatt Cv (Ecosprin 75 mg, Atorvastatin 10 mg, and Clopidogrel 75 mg) and I have been taking it since May of this year. Actually, I was diagnosed with Transient Ischemia in the year 1977. Initially for about 35 years I was taking ASA 50 (acetylsalicylic acid) and then from 2005 to 2017 (April), Ecosprin AV 75 mg. Now I am taking Deplatt Cv. I would like to undergo cataract removal in November and I would like to know how many days beforehand do I have to stop taking this drug and when to start it back up after the operation? Actually, I am a little bit scared to take this Clopidogrel. I wish to know if it’s safe to take? No severe side effects? Kindly advise.”

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#PainManagement From our forums: “I have 2 slipped discs and I have fibromyalgia now. I also have high blood pressure which is always up from this chronic pain I have every day and night. All day and all night I am about to lose my mind from all this constant pain. What can I do? I was taking oxycodone 15mg for 5 months and I was in peace, but now I am in so much pain. I don't abuse them ever and my system is clean. I don't drink alcohol nor do I take any kind of recreational drugs at all. I could walk but now I am struggling, as my mobility is gradually deteriorating. I use to get around without needing help and use to help the very elderly people. Now I can't anymore, as I need help. I am 63 and very healthy except for this high blood pressure; no other sickness or disease of any kind. Never had any disease. This quack of a doctor took me off my meds claiming she found a taste of mary jane in my system 6 months ago - not lately - but that long ago maybe she did but from the very first day she became my doctor I had nothing in my system at all. And then 4 months later she misdiagnosed me with having diabetes. I was terrified and then she called me back into the office to tell me my diagnostics were wrong and she is very sorry for the frustrations she had caused me. So now I am suffering to the point that I dread getting up and being up all day and night in chronic severe pain, with no safety net, suffering like a mistreated dog! I ask her to do a drug panel of any kind to prove to her nothing's in my system but the medicine that she prescribes to me. I am miserable with one foot in the grave and one foot out. She doesn't even care.“

Source: http://www.medschat.com/Discuss/Hurt-and-miserable-I-need-help-327994.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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What are the long term side effects of #Methadone? From our forums: “Our son has been an addict on oxycontin, hydrocodone, and alprazolam for 15 years. He entered the Methadone Clinic here about 9 months ago. We saw marvelous results. All the stealing, dealing, and horrible behavior STOPPED! We were not happy to see him bounce from Suboxone to the Methadone, but after seeing these positive effects, we finally could sleep at night and have peace of mind. HOWEVER, in recent weeks, he is beginning to show some strange behaviors. He stays agitated, gets angry, will not have a conversation with us, is 'wild' some days and then sleeps for 2 days straight! He is rapidly losing weight. I found him in the garage late last night, slumped over his steering wheel of his truck, and when I attempted to wake him up, he was drowning in sweat and could not talk. His eyes were... I don't know how to describe it. They didn't work right! He did not know who I was. I got his mother to come out and help me get him out of the truck. He asked her who she was. We walked him into the house and put him to bed and watched over him all night long. The next morning, he awakened at 8 a.m. and was the most normal human being you could imagine! We are fearful he has learned a way to beat the urine tests at the clinic. Can anyone give me an idea of WHAT he might be taking besides the Methadone? I'm convinced he is taking some kind of pills and whatever they are, they are going to kill him. ANYTHING anyone can offer on this would be greatly appreciated!!! What in the world CAN he be taking that is causing this behavior, yet they don't see it in his urine?!”

Source: http://www.medschat.com/Discuss/-328270_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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What treatment options do others recommend for #insomnia? Community Discussion: “I need help as soon as possible! I have been a chronic pain sufferer for the past 12 years and recently found that my chronic back pain has started giving me bouts of moderate, to severe depression, often times severe anxiety, and worse yet: very bad INSOMNIA. I sought the help of a Psychologist and Psychiatrist because I lack the coping skills to deal with all of this. It would require an estimated total of 6-9 separate risky surgeries, and I don't like the odds against full, or partial paralysis I've been given by the 5 neurosurgeons I've consulted with. My pain management Dr has been tapering me off the high dosage of morphine I've been on for many yrs, and am now down to 1 60 mg, 1 30 mg, 1 15 mg, w/ 4-6 Norco's for the breakthrough pain. I know I'm not supposed to mix xanax w/ the opioids but I have an Rx of 1 mg's that I take when the anxiety is bad. I'm taking 300 mg of Effexor daily for the depression, but need to find a strong, but safe Med for my terrible insomnia-i was up for 46 hours straight last week, and only average 1-2 hrs of sleep a night. I don't drink coffee or alcohol, and I don't smoke. I NEED to find something STRONG enough to allow me the R.E.M. sleep I'm lacking before I lose my mind! PLEASE-does anyone have an idea on what I can safely take? Seriously hurting, and sleep deprived.”

Source: http://www.medschat.com/Discuss/-226389_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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Are human growth hormone supplements safe for older individuals? #HGH From our forums: “I'm a 51 year old male, 6'2, 250 lbs. I used to be in incredible shape a few years back, activities included weight training, running, biking, and a short run as a professional beach volleyball player. Well, age, gravity, surgeries, etc have all taken a toll on my body, how I look and how I feel. I'm still fairly active, no major complaints other than some significant weight gain and my chronic lower back pain. I would love to get back some of the energy and vitality that I once had. I've seen the commercial ads touting the amazing benefits that older men gained from using hgh supplements, and just wondered if I could benefit as well. I just don't have the time or the energy to do those grueling bike runs, or press those monster weights anymore. If using hgh helps pick up the slack and gets me closer to my fitness goals, then so be it, I'll give it a shot. However, I am concerned about safety. Not only the direct effects of hgh on my body, but the quality of the hgh out there. I don't have the luxury of prescription hgh from a licensed physician, so I must acquire it from other sources. How do I know what's safe and what isn't? What's real and what's bulls***? Any ideas anybody?“

Source: http://www.medschat.com/Discuss/Is-HGH-safe-for-an-older-guy-328042.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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How long does #Veltin retain its potency in less than optimal storage conditions? From our forums: “I just received a prescription for Veltin and the mail carrier left it in my mailbox. The temperature outside is close to 90 degrees and when I took the tube out of box it felt extremely hot. I don't know how long it was out in the heat. I'm assuming maybe 4 hours. The box label indicates it should be stored at 77 degrees and it definitely was hotter than that. I called the pharmacy & they said it was still fine but I have read that the hot temperatures could deteriorate the product and cause potency loss. Just curious if anyone else has had this experience or knows whether it's still good?”

Source: https://www.medschat.com/Discuss/-328254_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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Does #marijuana interact with the effects of #Lyrica? From our forums: “I recently started taking Lyrica 75mg tid for PNH from an exceptionally severe case of Shingles exacerbated by immunosuppressants for Crohn's disease. I live in Oregon and have carried a medical marijuana card since the program began. I use strains that are very high in CBD, usually in a ratio range of 5/2 to 1/1. Pure CBD is not effective. I use vapor pens. My observation is that there is a very strong synergism between these medicines. The PHN pain has been my constant companion for a couple months now and only today was I able to get out of the house for a decent walk. Point being that if you have access to medical marijuana it could be a useful addition for pain relief and to perhaps help keep your Lyrica dose to a minimum.”

Source: https://www.medschat.com/Discuss/Lyrica-marijuana-synergism-328265_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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Which types of blood-thinning medications are best tolerated? #Anticoagulant Community Discussion: “My hematologist wants to switch me off Warfarin to one of these three medications - Eliquis, Pradaxa, or Xarelto. I have a history of CVT and a chronic blood condition. Bottom line, whatever he switches me to, I'm likely on it for a long time unless I have complications. But that's the thing. I seem to always be the person who has the ultra-rare side effect that no one ever reads on the fact sheet. So I'm asking, which of these three is tolerated the best? While I've been on Warfarin I've gained nearly 60 lbs. I'm vegan. I ride centuries (100mi bike rides). As a result of all the weight gain, other health issues are becoming more pressing. Arthritis, muscle aches, the threat of diabetes, not to mention what it's done to my self-esteem and marriage. I have absolutely zero doubt in my mind that the Warfarin caused my weight gain and inability to lose a single pound of it. What I don't want is to switch to one of these newer drugs and find the weight continuing to creep up and my energy level sinking to non-existent. Before my next appointment this fall when my doc will just throw clinical research at me, I want to find out which is the best, according to those who have actually taken them. Thank you for your time and any response.”

Source: https://www.medschat.com/Discuss/-326448_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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#NeuropathicTreatment From our forums: “Hey everyone. I've been taking Gabapentin for about 2 months now. 300mg 3x a day. I was prescribed it after having a tumor removed from my neck which resulted in nerve damage. They help with the pain for sure as it is at least manageable now where it wasn't before. But holy the side effects! I feel like I could fall asleep anywhere, anytime of the day. I also feel off balance all the time, almost like I feel 'drunk' to an extent. I'm also finding I'm dealing with memory loss. I have a hard time remembering what I did 20 minutes ago! I guess my big question is, has anyone else dealt with side effects like this? Did they ever diminish over time? I'm going to see my surgeon in a couple weeks and thinking I may have to look at a different route but wanting some input from fellow patients of this drug. Thanks in advance and Cheers :)”

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Can morphine cause a false positive for other types of pain medication? #DrugTesting From our forums: “I took a urine drug screen and I am prescribed morphine sulfate 100 mg extended-release three times a day + 30 mg morphine sulfate immediate release every 4 hours. I also am prescribed and take Adderall 20 mg daily. I have taken several urine drug screens and they always come up with extra stuff. A couple times they came up positive for Codeine also and once came up positive for Oxycodone as well. And never have I taken anything other than my prescribed dosages of morphine sulfate and Adderall. What is going on? Why do my tests keep coming back with extra stuff on them? Never have they came back with just morphine and Adderall; there has always been an extra opiate also showing positive on the UDS.”

Source: https://www.medschat.com/Discuss/Morphine-Sulfate-Urine-Drug-Test-231909_s2.htm?utm_source=googleplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social_media
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