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Solumedrol to Prednisone withdrawl amount

After 5 days of 1 gram of Solumedrol IV, what was the taper dose prescribed to you of Prednisone and for how long for each taper reduction?
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Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Steroid Use

What Are the Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Steroid Use?
https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2017/04 ... eroid-use/

Even short-term steroid use can increase a person's chance of breaking a bone, developing a severe infection or having a bad blood clot.

Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Doctors frequently prescribe these medications for bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, allergic reactions and backache. They may also treat a bad case of poison ivy or ...
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Stimulating remyelination with common drugs and vitamins

I've arrested MS progression in a patient using the Wheldon protocol, however their recovery is slow and plateauing, after some early advances -- e.g. was confined to a wheelchair, could not walk, could not move arms, can now walk 20 steps, move arms, etc, along with a host of other improvements.

On doing further research, there are at least 3 fairly safe and commonly available approaches to stimulating OPC growth, which convert to oligodendrocytes, then ...
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Pain and the Feds?

My pain has increased, so I increased my Oxycodone but still stayed within prescription limits. When I called for my renewal of the med, they mailed the hardcopy to my pharmacy for me. But when I tried to get my prescription, they said that I had to wait another week! My husband called the doctor's office, and they said I had been put under some contract where I was supposed to take LESS than the ...
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Baclofen may elicit central sleep apnea

Severe Central Sleep Apnea Associated With Chronic Baclofen Therapy: A Case Series.
Chest. 2016 May;149(5):e127-31.

    Baclofen, a gamma-aminobutyric acid-B agonist with muscle-relaxant properties, is widely used in patients with severe spasticity. In animals, baclofen has been shown to decrease respiratory drive. In humans, however, use of baclofen at the standard dose did not significantly impair sleep-disordered breathing in a susceptible population of snorers. Recently, there has been increasing interest in the role of baclofen for ...
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Does anyone take Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

I saw my MS specialist last week for my yearly visit. I am SPMS now after RRMS since 1990. Lately I have been depressed about all the things I can't do anymore. The doctor said I could try Effexor. I would like to hear any pros/cons from anyone who has taken Effexor for depression. Thank you!
Lynn
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MS Drugs in General

I am brand new to MS drugs. I'll be having a spinal tap to confirm my neuro's pending dx of MS (based on 2 MRIs) and the next step will be treatment options. What *are* my options likely to be for RRMS? Is there a progression from conservative to more aggressive meds? All resources and opinions welcome!
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Aspirin + omega3 can reduce inflammation?

Hi all,

Ran across this article while poking around on MS and diet/omega-3 supplementation. It seems that there are some studies showing that low-dose aspirin combined with omega-3 supplementation can induce an additional anti-inflammatory response. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, and science was never my forte, so is anyone familiar with this idea or any of this research? Would love other thoughts.

I first found it referenced here: ...
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Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/05/ ... e-effects/

Gabapentin Side Effects:

  • Dizziness, vertigo
  • Fatigue and or tiredness
  • Unsteadiness or incoordination
  • Abnormal thinking, anxiety, hostility, confusion, amnesia,
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, mood changes
  • Fluid accumulation in feet, edema of face or extremities
  • Digestive distress, indigestion, loss of appetite, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Dry mouth, dental problems, gingivitis
  • Blurred vision, double vision, unusual eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Withdrawal seizures (never stop gabapentin suddenly!)
  • ...
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Suicide: a Gabapentin side effect

The People's Pharmacy discusses the risks of off-label Gabapentin use, the side effects of which include severe depression and suicide. Gapapentin is only approved by the FDA as an adjunctive treatment for epilepsy. Every other use, including MS, is an unapproved, off-label prescription.

Gabapentin for Pain Drove Patient to Brink of Suicide
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/08/ ... f-suicide/
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