best way to take meds?

Christine - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i'm wondering what kind of tricks you all have learned to make your meds work the best for you. i take a stimulant for ADD (is it ADD or fibro-addled-brain?) it really has helped me with the fatigue. i also take norco, soma, caffeine pills, pristiq, armour thyroid, protonix and aleve or ibuprofin.



i have found that if i wake up an hour or two before i really want to be up and take my stimulant and norco and soma and then go back to bed for an hour or two that i can wake up without pain and with my brain functioning somewhat----my kids often get breakfast on those days.



i usually take 1/2 each or norco, soma and caffeine---but i recently discovered that if i take a whole norco and a whole soma with 1/2 a caffeine tablet in the morning that i can go 6-7 hours before i need pain meds again. however, i can't do this again later in the day because it will make me feel too loopy and then i don't feel safe to drive. the problem i am having, though, is that lately 1/2 each of norco, soma and caffeine doesn't seem to cut it in the afternoon alot of times anymore so i am either not getting enough relief, or i am getting too much medication----i can't seem to find the right balance as the day goes on.



i am wondering if after the initial dose in the morning i should try and stick to a regular 4 hour schedule so that the pain doesn't get a chance to set in. if it sets in too much it is so much harder to get back under control.



i recently told the doc that i didn't make it through the month on the meds i had and was having to use some of my hubby's meds. the doc said he would up my script of norco and soma 10 more pills a month. hopefully, this will keep me feeling a little better and when the weather settles down it should help, too.



any thoughts---if you got this far?

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Rachel - posted on 04/27/2009

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Yes for me personally if I dont take them as told to my pain sky rockets and then I am in cycle of trying to bring it down.When you have kids and drive to school or whatever else its hard to that.It can turn into this bitter cycle of chasing the pain to get it down. I try hard to keep on it..ask for help ..get support of people to help driving on those days you really need to stay on sch. with your meds. Hope it helps . Blessing to you

Anne - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hi Christine, My Dr explained it this way. If your house is just a little messy and disorganized it takes a small amount of time to clean it, BUT if you go for a week and do NOTHING to pick up the house it takes a lot longer time to clean the house, not only more time but also more effort. When I started to think of my pain like that it really helped to work harder to remember to take my meds before it get out of hand. We have had some of the rainiest weather this weekend that I can remember in a long time. It started out as warm rain so it was not toooo bad, then it turned cold yuck!

Christine - posted on 04/27/2009

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i guess i never thought about the term "pain management". i keep thinking i am just supposed to take as little as possible and go as long as i can before taking meds again. my mother takes her pain meds every 4 hours like clock work. i guess i should give it a try and see if it helps. with this stupid weather being so unstable, though, it makes me just as unstable!!!!!



why is it that it takes so much longer to get the pain back under control when we go to long between meds---or sometimes you even have to take more than normal to get it back under control?

Anne - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hi , I can relate to your taking your meds and then go back to bed. The last year before my hips were replaced and when I have thorn my back out I have kept a water bottle and the first dose of my pain meds on my night stand. I would wake up at least an hour before I needed to be awake because of pain, so taking the pain meds before I needed to start my day really helped. I some times get side tracked and forget to take my meds because right now I am doing pretty good. I realize it when I am so stiff and sore that it takes the pain meds twice as long to work. I forget that it is called Pain Management for a reason. I really do need less meds if I take them every 4-6 hours. Going 8 hours is just too long. Try going no longer than 6 hours and see how that works. I also need to let you know I am not a DR. I am only sharing my experiences.

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