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chikititalinda
05-25-2012, 07:07 AM
Hello all, Im just so tired of taking so many damn meds, just this morning I've taking 12 and need three more vitamins plus the nightly meds I take. Just looking at them makes me gag. I loose my appetite and still fat because all the damn prednisone that have been pumped into me! When will it ever end? Have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Derrie
05-25-2012, 07:38 AM
Linda, I just wanted to tell you I sympathize! There is something a little soul-crushing about when your pile of pills looks bigger than your bowl of cereal or when you have to set alarms on your phone to remind you to take pills throughout the day. And then, to add insult to injury, the pile of pills comes with its own side effects-- nausea, weight gain, loss of appetite, headaches, you name it.

I don't have any sage advice regarding how to magically start taking fewer pills, but one thing I have done for myself to take the edge off the pills is I got myself a cute little pill organizer. I travel a lot for work, and even when I'm not travelling, I have to shuttle different pills to and from home. Lugging around a gallon-sized ziploc baggie full of pill bottles was sort of depressing. But now with my peppy little organizer, my meds take up less room in my bag or suitcase, they're less obvious, and I at least have a pretty design to look at as I dole out my next dose for myself.

But hugs! It sucks; I'm sorry!

tgal
05-25-2012, 08:13 AM
I think we have all been where you are. I take 12 different types of meds and most of them I take 2 or 3 of. I dreaded it so bad that I finally learned how to take them all in one swallow! Never thought I could do it but each and every additional one I dreaded more. I then ran out of some meds and couldn't afford to get them refilled. I got really sick and ended up in the hospital so I don't dread them quite as much now.

Pill organizers are great things! A word of advice though. Even if you have an organizer make sure you have the bottles when away from home. If you are ever stopped by an officer you must be able to show proof that those are your meds and the only way to do that is with the bottles

ritzbit2
05-25-2012, 09:36 AM
I dreaded it so bad that I finally learned how to take them all in one swallow! Never thought I could do it but each and every additional one I dreaded more.

I do this too. I found that swallowing one after the other was part of what made me so weird about taking all of mine. I used to gag really bad but I have found that if I take them with something like lemonade or tea I can take them all easier than with just water because the water doesn't cover up the nasty taste they all leave. And when I'm done taking them I eat something I like such as my fav yogurt or a popsicle. Until I started doing this I would skip taking my pills because the thought was overwhelming. I wish I could get myself to use my pill organizer, but it makes me not want to take them even more when I see them all together for the whole week. So many pills. Love them and hate them, can't live without them.

chikititalinda
05-25-2012, 11:17 AM
I use a pill organizer and take them all at once also, still doesn't help LOL.

steve.b
05-25-2012, 09:04 PM
i dont think any of us enjoy taking meds.

but i consider the alternative.....
(it becomes easier then).

better a good handful of meds than not living!

Pat Schulze
05-25-2012, 09:40 PM
Boy,do I know what you mean! I practically have a pharmacy in my dresser.
I take:
Plaquinel 2x
Pletal
procardia
pepcid
plavix
lyrica
zoloft
ambien
vistaril
ultram
vicodin
folic acid
aspirin
methotrexate
I sure would like to cut them down. I'd like to know what other people do.

What do you take???
Pat

magistramarla
05-27-2012, 09:40 PM
I'm lucky - I don't take too many prescriptions, but I take a handful of supplements:
MORNING - with cereal and a glass of aloe vera juice, tart cherry juice and cranberry juice, mixed and the all-important cup of coffee!
Plaquenil - 200 mg.
Pilocarpine (more if needed later for dryness)
Prilosec
Folic Acid
Cranberry pill
multi-vitamin
Vitamin D-3
Esther C
Curcumin pill
Resveratrol pill
CoQ10 pill
Aspirin
Glucosamine/Condroitin
Liquid fish oil
Delsym cough syrup (helps the vocal cord spasms/Spasmodic Dysphonia)

BEDTIME
Melatonin
Magnesium

I also put a drop of Restasis into my eyes morning and evening and use Systane eye drops as needed.

I have swallowing problems, so I have to do it one pill at a time. The juice helps with that.
I'm allergic to any opioid, so most pain pills are impossible for me. I'll sometimes take an Aleve if the pain is unbearable.
I also can never take steroids, because I have Avascular Necrosis. I'm out of luck when it comes to pain.

This is a real pain for the girl who never took any kind of drugs, even when I had my babies. I had them at home, with no drugs ever.
I don't like it, but at least it keeps me going!
Hugs,
Marla

debbie-b
05-28-2012, 04:22 AM
i dont think any of us enjoy taking meds.

but i consider the alternative.....
(it becomes easier then).

better a good handful of meds than not living!

You know what Steve, you are absolutely right.
Don't get me wrong, I too hated to take all these meds, but now I can't take ANY pills, until we find out what my liver biopsy tells us.
I have been off my meds for several months now. Not only am I in severe pain, I am also very worried, that the Lupus, RA and Sjogrens get worse.
So if it turns out, that my liver is not as bad as my rheumy thinks, I can take my meds again, if not, we have to figure out what to do next.
As for me, a meds hater, I can't wait to start all my meds again.

Debbie

SleepyInSeattle
05-28-2012, 08:45 AM
I hate 'em too....right now on Methotrexate, prescription folic acid, Plaquenil, Prednisone (though I started tapering off that one this weekend, thank goodness...it'll take a couple months to get totally off...), aspirin, and about 15 different supplements (mostly recommended by my docs, plus a multivitamin and fish oil and probiotic and so on and so forth....). It's a handfull...and I can't take them all together because they interact. So LOTS of pill-popping.

It bothered me a lot at first...but the disease bothers me even more. So I just grit my teeth and suck them down every day. A couple moments of discomfort is better than suffering all day every day! I'm just glad I don't have to go through what my friend who is severely diabetic has to go through.

Corella
06-29-2012, 09:34 AM
I hate taking meds, I take 4 cod liver oil capsules ever day, 1 Biotin, 1 vitamin D 8000iu, I Omeprazole, 2 Plaquenil, 1 steroid tablet, countless painkillers and about to start Imuran.

I have a pill organiser and it depresses me so what I propose to do is to get photos of loved ones, cut their faces out and stick it on each window of the pill popper, I will also decorate the outside, paint it/colour it and 'jazz it up a bit'.

I plan to get a really snazzy toiletry bag - like the most glamorous 'over the top' one I can find and put in a small bottle of mouthwash, dental floss, toothbrush and toothpaste, dye drops and eye gel - all the Sjogrens stuff I can think of, not to mention a copy of the script for my drugs and a few of each in the original containers - that way if I ever had to go in hospital or couldnt get home for any reason, I would have some basic supplies.

But my bag and pill container are going to be decorated, bright and jazzed up so when I do have to take my pills or whatever, I can only smile at the decorated container instead of dreading the pills inside them.

Just hope it works as I too am at the fed up stage.

Jltoland
08-19-2012, 09:10 PM
I hear ya! Thyroid, prednisone, plaquenil, Nucynta, phenergan, klonopin but I take my vitamins as gummis so these are my treats :D

Hunniebun
08-22-2012, 01:54 PM
Right now all I've got is Plaquenil, Amitryptaline, Advil for pain/swelling and a Depo Shot. I CANNOT swallow my pills, or anything that is not chewed up or very tiny. I choke on food and liquids, it always feels like there isn't enough space. I have a serious swallowing problem and I have all my life and it will finally be dealt with in November when I have my throat stretched to make more room.
Some of it is mental too, because I also choked as a little girl and its haunted me.

I'm hoping one day I can swallow anything, but for now I use a pill crusher from the Pharmacy or I get things in liquid if available. I do not take anything that is time released or will harm me if its taken as a powder....It really depresses me that I have this problem and I get teased to no end.

Nonna
08-23-2012, 06:33 PM
I have swallowing problems too. You're not alone

LenaT14
08-31-2012, 01:53 PM
Hey there, I did a search for the drug that my new pain management doctor put me on today and your post came up. Whats your experience been like with the Nucynta? He pulled me off the Butrans patch that was only kinda working and put me on 50mgs 2/day of this stuff. Im super sensitive to most meds so im always scared to try something new but he listened and had an awesome bedside manner so I figured that I would try to cooperate :)
Thanks