side effects of one med brings on another

By tfuller Latest Reply 2010-01-06 08:56:48 -0600
Started 2009-12-30 16:36:13 -0600

whats the purpose of taking the meds when u take it the side effects give u another problem?when u have multiple problems,each med with mess with the other problem u have.i have 4 peptic ulsers from (my fault,years of liquer).now i have badd stomach problems.i get meds for the stomach and side effects are abdominal pains??? a diarectic to help with adeema swelling…swelling worse and high pulse,wich bp meds lower the bp but raise the pulse.
hair falling out,turning grey,non stop headaches.all around feel like i been hit by a truck every day!!

59 replies

imsuzie2 2010-01-05 03:31:50 -0600 Report

tfuller, not everyone on Lipitor has pain. Crestor is about the strongest of statins. When Lipitor no longer did its job, they put my husband on Crestor. Maybe a lessor statin ill work for you, like Mevicor or Zocor. Ask your doctor, hewill help. S2

tfuller 2010-01-05 06:14:10 -0600 Report

oh,ok thanks for the info.i will talk it over with my doctor then to see what he thinks getting ready to go there in a couple hours

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-05 12:29:18 -0600 Report

How did you come out at the Dr? PR

tfuller 2010-01-05 14:00:49 -0600 Report

well,,i got lipitor,nurotin,advair,and anibiotics. says i have a upper respitory infection also.he also set me up with a pediatrist for next month,he saw my feet and there swlled like balloons and purple.
now i have blood work 2maro and dr visits every 2 weeks.he want to see how the stuff h just gave me is working th end of next week

Anonymous 2010-01-05 20:09:00 -0600 Report

Glad you made it to your appt and that you got referral to podiatrist. what about your eye doctor referral? Don't forget your eyes, vulnerable for complications with diabetes. Sorry if I sound like a nag, but sure want you to get good care!!!

tfuller 2010-01-05 21:13:20 -0600 Report

i forgot all about that,had so much stuff going on.but yes i have to back in 2 weks and i'll tell him cause iv got ey problems allready with blurry vision and cloudyness

Elrond 2010-01-05 22:31:01 -0600 Report

That sounds suspiciously like cataracts. Of course, the diagnosis is up to a qualified physician but if I'm right, it's good news. A cataract is easily corrected and after treatment, your vision is usually very good. Other vision problems such as my macular degeneration are not so simple.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-05 22:35:36 -0600 Report

I am so glad that you are finally "On TrACK" TO A GOOD,caring Dr that is following up on the meds he prescribed you!! All that the rest of us can do is to pray and support you as you find your way, I feel really encouraged about your progress now!!! Still in our prayers!! Pat R

tfuller 2010-01-05 22:53:07 -0600 Report

thank-you so much for the suport and everybodys help.its great to be able to talk to people with the same problems and get answers

tfuller 2010-01-05 22:49:13 -0600 Report

yeah ive been having vision problems for about a year or so.i cant drive at night cause i can barely see once the sun goes down,im very sensitive to the light and the reflections off the snow(sharp pains) i see like spots floating,they come and go.and my left eye will go from clear to like looking through fog and goes blurry,

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-05 23:06:53 -0600 Report

Sounds like you really NEED to get those eyes checked too!! I don't know too much, but I had cataracts removed from both eyes this spring and I didn't have those type of symptoms!! Get them checked, sir. PR

giojuju 2010-01-06 08:56:48 -0600 Report

be patient and take day by day n u will see an inprovement it just take time and patiences. take care and follow drs orders.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-03 14:14:04 -0600 Report

It sounds like Elrond has some good info. I had no idea what it was—my husband was on Lipitor, legs ached and drew up, arms too, we had a interim Dr here that didn't follow him up with lab work, can affect the liver, anyway, as soon as he was taken off of the Lipitor, he FELT so much better. Now takes Zocor (generic—-is Lovastatin (sp?)) 20mg, once a day. It is holding his cholesterol just fine with no side effects.

I am fortunate to NOT have to take such. Good Luck Pat R

tfuller 2010-01-03 15:12:14 -0600 Report

yeah i was gunna ask to have mine switched,but i dont want it sure it would triple the pain when i already have the problems that lipitors got for side effects,im gunna ask about the crestor instead

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-03 04:22:30 -0600 Report

I was having cholesterol problems, too, so my doc put me on Lipitor. I took it for three days and started having bad pains in my legs (which is stated as a side effect) so I immediately stopped. They put me on Crestor then and my cholesterol is now just where it should be. Supposedly Crestor works differently than Lipitor - all I know is it works better for me.

I'm also on Metformin, which can produce nausea and vomiting as a side effect. I'm now on the extended release form and also make sure I take it just before I eat my morning and evening meals. If I take it afterwards, it comes right back up!

Bad enough to deal with health problems. The darn side effects make it worse. Just be patient and keep at it!

giojuju 2010-01-02 20:32:37 -0600 Report

i think theyre right it may take time so u can actually start feelin better escpecially if it u took n yrs of hard stuff. i was on simvastatin for ahile n another dr took me off it because it was doing more damage than good. be patient eventually u will figure it out

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-02 23:45:38 -0600 Report

What is simvastatin?? I had never heard of it. Good Luck on your search! PR

Elrond 2010-01-03 01:27:23 -0600 Report

It's the generic name for Lipitor. I looked up their website and found this:

In patients with type 2 diabetes, and without clinically evident CHD, but with multiple risk factors for CHD such as retinopathy, albuminuria, smoking, or hypertension, LIPITOR is indicated to:
Reduce the risk of MI
Reduce the risk of stroke

* CHD = Coronary Heart Disease
MI = Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)

tfuller 2010-01-03 01:33:50 -0600 Report

i have the hypertention,retinopothy and smoke,but its not doing anything for last bloodtest said colesterol was 600

tfuller 2010-01-03 01:46:09 -0600 Report

i dont even no what that means.i was just told it was 625 b4 i started on it and now its 600 almost 2 months later

tfuller 2010-01-03 01:13:46 -0600 Report

yeah i need something diffrent,ive been sick ever sence i started taking it.been throwing up 10 to 15 times a day.ive been on it for almost 2 months,had a blood test last week and my colesteral is still threw the roof.

Elrond 2010-01-03 01:48:04 -0600 Report

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Elrond 2010-01-03 01:52:15 -0600 Report

It's possible you could be experiencing a drug interaction. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist as quickly as possible. A med review may be in order.Be sure to tell them about any meds you take, even vitamins.

tfuller 2010-01-03 01:53:16 -0600 Report

dam,i dont want that then i already have exsisting problems that it says are its side effects

Elrond 2010-01-03 01:55:02 -0600 Report

Believe me, high cholesterol can be deadly. Take it from a man who's barely survived a stroke and a heart attack.If possible, talk to a dietician about a low cholesterol diet. The sooner you get your serum cholesterol down, the sooner you can stop or at least reduce the Lipitor.

tfuller 2010-01-03 02:02:17 -0600 Report

thanks for the the moment i dont even have a dietition.i dont even have info on diabetes other than what ive been told and herd on here

Elrond 2010-01-03 02:08:51 -0600 Report

Yeah, it can be rough. Like you, I have multiple medical problems. I take 27 pills & 4 injections a day along with 8 blood tests. I have a pacemaker / defibrillator implanted in my chest just to keep my heart beating. I walk with a cane at the age of 58 due to arthritis in my left foot; caused by the toes I broke having a diabetic seizure. All we can do is keep on keeping on.

Elrond 2010-01-03 02:10:26 -0600 Report

Check with your local hospital about diabetic classes and a dietician. Most areas offer free services.

tfuller 2010-01-03 02:15:52 -0600 Report

thanks i'll check with my hospital monday morning.i think that one of my problems i dont know what i can and cant eat.seems to be everything i eat comes back up within 30 minutes or sugar goes down to 175 or 180 and i feel like crap.nausiated and shakey

Elrond 2010-01-03 02:21:03 -0600 Report

That could be a med side effect. That's why you need to talk to your doctor about the meds. It's very possible an adjustment can be made to take care of your medical needs without causing you more problems. But 175 to 180 is actually very high. I shoot for around 120.

tfuller 2010-01-03 02:25:37 -0600 Report

yes,i see my doctor tuesday. my blood sugar hasnt been below 150 in years.when i first saw my doctor 4 months ago is was 265

Elrond 2010-01-03 02:25:55 -0600 Report

I'm afraid I'm going to need to log off; I have some real life chores I need to do. I'll try to check back in here later :)

imsuzie2 2010-01-01 02:38:21 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed as a diabetic, my doc put me on Lisinopril to protect my kidneys, as I was on something else for BP. Ibuprofen can be hard on the stomach… If you have only been on meds for 3 months, you might need to change something. Might not be a bad idea to take all of you meds in their bottles to the pharmacy and ask a pharmacist if they interact ok with each other. Their computers can easily do this. Take care, keep on it and keep us informed. S2

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-01 10:21:00 -0600 Report

Thanks for that tid-bit, Susie! When I was in the hosp and we were going over my meds, they made an off comment, "well Lisinopril is not supposed to hurt your kidneys—" that was all that was said—Thanks for all info!!! PR

June Tademy
June Tademy 2009-12-31 20:53:29 -0600 Report

I agree, it takes a patient doctor to work with us, I am going through that. This new Doctor is not very patient but I think I will bring her around. This is a battle we must fight and be patient ourselves. I learned this from being on the site, be patient. You are right but this too will past, I know. Good luck

sweething 2009-12-31 18:31:06 -0600 Report

If I recall, you were without insurance for several years and had no medical care during that time. It may take awhile to get everything straightened out. Good luck and keep at your doctor if it doesn't get better.

sweething 2009-12-31 18:31:05 -0600 Report

If I recall, you were without insurance for several years and had no medical care during that time. It may take awhile to get everything straightened out. Good luck and keep at your doctor if it doesn't get better.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-31 11:02:37 -0600 Report

"Getting all of your meds changed???" I find that interesting. My goodness, what did they have you on?? It should NOT have been anything detrimental to your health, it isn't as tho they were just trying to get rid of you with non-effective meds—-Yes, we all have been "it's all in your head" thing—Sounds like you need to start FRESH! You have our support, make your list of concerns, and go forth armed and prepared to start untangling your problems! Best of Luck, Pat R

tfuller 2009-12-31 11:07:44 -0600 Report

metformin 500mg,lisinopril/hctz,simvastatin,ranitidine,and ibruprofin.seems like they worked the first month or so after taking them,but now it doesnt seem like they work at all

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-31 11:51:06 -0600 Report

Lets see—Metformin for diabetis, lisinopril/hctz for high blood pressure and a diuretic, ranitidine (I did take it for GERD, that feeling of something coming up backwards in your esophagus—up to your throat—) it became inaffective so they switched me to "over the counter" Prilosec, I take 2 a day, works better for me than the presription of ranitidine, ibuprofen for pain, the simvastatin I haven't heard of—-but have been on all of the others.

Those are good meds, but may not be adequate. Drs like to start with low amounts, then work up or add to, when you have time enough to SEE if they are working. The worst thing is to overdose, or not use your meds according to the way stated—will not be as affective —-

I would suggest making a list of your meds, then how you react—-see if you can begin to see some improvement—some things take longer to kick in than others, so go with what your Dr says, and work together. You can soon untangle the web of symptoms vs meds, tricky, but not impossible! Good Luck! PR

tfuller 2009-12-31 12:15:30 -0600 Report

yes,thats exsactly what there doing.starting me out at small dosage to see how it works then raise from there.i do have a log of how they work and effects to take with me when i go back wensday.the diaretic does absolutly nothing for me.i was told it was for fluid and swelling.all its done is make throwup sence i started taking it. i thought the metformin regulates your bs but mines still all over the place nomatter what i do.ive seen other blogs on here were people are taking something diffrent than metformin

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-31 14:43:23 -0600 Report

I am impressed that you are keeping a log of meds and reactions——In trying to help you sort thru stuff—-I didn't think that Lisinopril (diuretic) was helping me either, untill I quit taking it for about 4 days, then took it and made many more trips a day to the bathroom, so it proved to ME that that one was working—still was having trouble with hi BP tho, and am on 2 other meds for that—

As for the BS, MINE was all over the place at first, but gradually it started moving down the scale, after 3 months—but Dr needs to know, after I had my cancer surgery, it helped to bring it on down further, but still must include diet, exercise, or it will zip up again—so moderation helps—-Sounds like you are on the right track!! I hope that you feel somewhat reassurred after reading these posts. Best of Luck ! Pat

giojuju 2009-12-31 10:35:31 -0600 Report

have u had another opinion from different drs sometimes that helps even better. i had a similair problem, i use to take so much meds for so much stuff n after i asked around it turnde out that another dr had a better solution 4 me. so ask around to different drs. u never know

tfuller 2009-12-31 10:53:07 -0600 Report

the doc i got now is my 2nd doc. its my fault i went so long b4 seeing a doctor(almost 20 years)and trying to deal with multiple problems all at once.he was treating me for over 3 months without getting charged,then my insurance went threw and they paid everything in full.but my insurance just went threw a couple weeks ago and i saw the doc alittle over a month im sapose to get all meds changed now i have insurance

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-31 08:46:00 -0600 Report

Sometimes it takes awhile to get the meds figured out - so be patient and keep working with your doctor. Ask lots of questions - in fact, write down any questions/concerns you have beforehand, take the list with you and make sure the doc answers all of them.

Also, make sure you're taking your meds as the instructions dictate. I was having stomach problems and found out it was because of the medication Metformin. I was taking it at the end of a meal - works better for me (and my tummy) if I take it just before I eat.

It also sounds like you'd benefit from a stress-reliever. I do yoga to stretch and relax; my brother does chi kung (sp?). Both are slow-moving and focus on breathing, and will help you get to know your body, which helps in managing your diabetes and your health. Take a class or go online and look for a DVD that interests you.

Just sharing. Good luck - everybody here can relate to what you're dealing with…

kdroberts 2009-12-31 07:59:44 -0600 Report

All medications have a chance of certain side effects but for the majority of people those side effects don't happen or they go away quickly.

On the diabetes med side of things, you have to make a choice. Keep your blood sugar in check or go blind/lose limbs/have your teeth fall out/have cardio problems/etc. You weigh up your options and the negatives and then make a choice. For most people for most drugs it's worth the risk to take a medication to control blood sugar if they have to.

tfuller 2009-12-31 10:32:06 -0600 Report

thats the thing,i do take all the med's.the problem is it seems im doing everything im sapose to and everything is still getting worse.blood sugar still jumps all over,loosing my eyesite,hair falling out and im loosing my teeth.

imsuzie2 2009-12-31 05:23:38 -0600 Report

Do you take ALL of the meds you take, including the over-the-counter ones when you go to your doctor appointments. My husband's Cardio had him do that this last appointment, even tho I have a detailed list of everything he takes including dosage and how many a day. She updated the list and gave him her copy to carry. He was impressed that she made him do it. That might help the doctor see the possible interactions. Other thing to help is using the same pharmacy for all of your Rx's cause their computers have software that will flag possible interactions. Good luck. S2

tfuller 2009-12-31 10:42:17 -0600 Report

i saw a cardiologist a couple weeks ago for having dificulty breathing and rapid heartbeat.they asked for list of meds with mg's.i took the tests,he says to me…well i dont see anything wrong with you.i hate that when they look at you like all your problems are in your head.if they cant phisically see your problem,it must be your imagination

Anonymous 2009-12-30 19:58:22 -0600 Report

I encourage you to find a doctor who will work with you to evaluate your meds and how they interact, side effects, etc. I hope you find a way to feel better and it may indeed be an overhaul of your prescription profile!

tfuller 2009-12-30 20:40:57 -0600 Report

i was told once my insurance went threw i should be getting new meds

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 23:37:29 -0600 Report

So, I think you need to pursue that and ask questions. It sure sounds like you could use some good help! PR

tfuller 2009-12-31 00:15:38 -0600 Report

yes,hopefully i can get different meds and help me out,cause what im on now doesnt seem to be helping.this site has helped answer alot of questions i have,and i appretiate everyones help.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 17:44:25 -0600 Report

You need a good, over-all over haul—sorry, had to play on words as I can't remember the correct word, result of years of stress! ( Oh, Physical examination!! ) Duh to ME!! haha—__PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 17:46:01 -0600 Report

Sometimes meds do not make sense, I didn't mean to belittle your problems, it is just that there are so many and the interaction of meds and ailements—-takes an Intelligent, Patient Dr, Best Of Luck!! Pat roth

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