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    Actually, Plaquenil makes me nauseated and/or not want to eat. But everybody is different.
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    papillonm I started plaquenil the first of December...my family doctor had to calm me down after the specialist put me on it. The rhuemy didn't tell me anything about the drug, not even why she wanted me to take it. I assumed it had something to do with the arthritis...but turns out she is suspecting lupus.

    I went to my family doctor and vented all over her office. She sat there and listened. When I stoped she asked me to sit down and she explained everything. She recommended that I take both pills at night just before bed with a little tub of yogart. That way I sleep through the worst of the side effects. Then she told me that works really well for here....She's on it too. I felt much better after that.

    If you are having symptoms please go back to your doctor and let them know. Ask if you can take your plaquenil the same way I am. I dont know what strength you are on so I would NOT recommend that you do this with out checking with your doctor.

    I have not had any nausia or dizziness since I started doing this.

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    Hmmm... things that "fill you up" but are slow to digest. Nuts are an excellent snack to carry. Watch which ones, though. Some are much higher in fat. I think walnuts are good ones, as are almonds. Also, look for nuts that are baked for prep. Many nuts are essentialls "fried" in oil to prepare them, which adds to the calories. Most people think peanut butter is a great snack, and it is, IF you careful which ones you choose. Most of the "regular" ones are full of sugar. There are a number of "natural" peanut butters - basically processed peanuts and nothing else, but they require refrigeration and stirring (worth it, though).
    Another great snack is dried fruit. It is an awesome counter-attack for those hypoglycemic moments. One reason people have super low dips is that they quickly grab something to releive the "low", but it is usually something quickly absorbed, quickly gone. Then the sugar goes lower than before. So, a combination of nuts and dried fruit is perfect. Lots of trail mixes use this logic, but where they go wrong is in what they choose to put in the trail mix. I make my own. A little more expensive, but I get to choose which nuts, which fruits, etc.
    Also, when you eat regular fruit, it is good to combine it with a good protein: yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, or just chunks of a favorite cheese. I particularly enjoy a snack of lean ham or chicken slices (very thin) smeared with low fat cream cheese wrapped around a pickle spear. Boiled eggs and a side of something you like is a super snack, because you get the oral pleasure of your "treat", but you give your body the egg to "slow" down the absorption of all your food.
    There are lots of things you can do through out the day with your meals to make them healthier and make you feel better. All but eliminating white potatoes and regular bread is good, but most people would rather die. I suggest people just cut back. Like, when you HAVE to eat out, get a regular hamburger and take away one side of the bun. Eat it with only one bun (fold it over, maybe). Order a salad or some fruit to help fill you up (be careful of dips and salad dressings - they can really add up). There are also many types of high protein breads, made with lots of fiber (fiber slows down digestion and aids in "regularity"). I have gotten so used to them, I literally gag on regular bread now.
    Also, what about the size of your portions? Meat portions should be the size of your fist for adequate nutrition. These fancy smancy diet things that give you the teeny pieces of meat are doing you no favors. Also, your side dishes (potatoes and vegetables) should never be any larger (ie: little meat piece, big plop of potatoes).
    For all of you suffering to lose weight: PLEASE avoid the super-weight loss low-calorie diets. Many of them cause you to lose water weight, making you think you have really made an impact - you'll gain it right back. Also, the really low calorie intake is difficult to maintain, and your body will ADJUST to that amount of calories and cease losing. Isn't that just great? So when you get frustrated and eat regularly, you start gaining. Any nutritionist worth their salt will tell you: the only diets that really work are changes to your eating habits that you can sustain. Also, it is very difficult (some say impossible) to lose weight effectively without burning calories - some kind of exercise. Walk with a friend 3 times a week, dance to your 70's and 80's music while the kids are at school (no one will see you - haha), take a class that has excercise, etc. If you can't exercise, it may be really hard. But, eating well is good for you, whether you are svelte or volumptous (Reubanisk).
    I hope this helps at least ONE person. I love to talk nutrition.
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    Suzique;
    Thank you for the excellent advice. I'm glad to know that I've been doing a little something right with my snack foods Even though I knew nothing at all about the digestive process. I eat sweet potatoes 'cuz I love them!! I eat brown rice 'cuz it tastes good too me. And, oh, dried fruit is almost my staple, along with nuts (unsalted of course). I also love to eat raw broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and asparagus (I hate celery...ughhh).
    I printed your post so that I could refer to it when I shop for my goodies. My doctor also suggested, as you mentioned, that I eat 4-5 small meals every day (as opposed the three large meals). So, you were right on point there also.

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    Slip some wal nuts (unsalted) into your salad, and try to have some often through the week..and here's why. Walnuts make the walls of your veins and arteries more flexible. Help you to pass clots and other stuff easier.

    They recommend a small hand full a day, but that's just nuts ha ha ....no I wont appologies for bad puns...I love them
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    Thanks for all the great advice! I'm going to give these a try. Wouldn't hurt for me to start eating better regardless of the low blood sugar. The snack ideas are perfect. Thanks again!

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    Hypoglycemia & Cellcept;
    Well, I've read about 15 articles and they all make a correlation between Cellcept and hypogycemia. The metabolic and nutritional adverse affects included: acidosis, alkaline phosphatase increased, creatinine increased, dehydration, gamma glutamyl transpeptidase increased, hypercalcemia, hyperlipemia, hyperuricemia, hypervolemia, hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, hypoproteinemia, lactic dehydrogenase increased, AST increased, ALT increased, weight gain.

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you on this!

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    Oh, wow...thanks Saysusie. That may be an answer for me. My creatinine levels go up from time to time. No protein in my urine, so it's not the dreaded kidney problems. But I am on cellcept and I didn't realize that could make my creatinine levels increase. Good to know! Thanks for the research.

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    You are most welcome :lol:

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    Hi Suzique, thanks for the snack suggestions. I am trying to get my eating right (the icing thing was just the proverbial straw).
    And sits in the corner, I have switched to taking the plaqueneil at night after dinner which works great. My rheumy was like take it whenever however makes you feel good which was great since everything else i take has so many restrictions.

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