Side effects

Side effects –

When I attended the support group this past month – someone mentioned the side effect of the medications prescribed to Fibromites. I know that when I first started taking some of the medications I actually read the list of side effects that the Pharmacist attaches to the prescription. I stopped reading them – it was depressing. Everything that I take has some kind of side effect. How do you know what the right thing is to do? After listening to the lady at the support group question side effects – I thought I would look up the side effects.
Supplements – Fish Oil, D3, Magnesium, Malic Acid, Melatonin, Probiotic

Fish Oil: High intake of toxins, small reduction in blood pressure. Allergic reactions — skin rashes, itching, hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat. Stomach and gastrointestinal upset. diarrhea, Heartburn, bad breath, fishy aftertaste, burping, stomach pain and bloating, acid reflux, indigestion
D3: Mild effects noticed at the lowest overdose level above 100 mcg are constipation, nausea, vomiting, general weakness, mild dizziness, lethargy and weight loss.
An overdose of vitamin D3 can also lead to frequent urination, extreme thirst, nervousness and itching.
Serious Effects: Creates high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. Calcium deposits from chronically high levels of vitamin D3 can produce kidney and bladder stones. Calcium toxicity can also lead to both anorexia and kidney failure.
Magnesium: Magnesium can cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other side effect. Large doses might cause too much magnesium to build up in the body, causing serious side effects including an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, confusion, slowed breathing, coma, and death.
Melatonin: Daytime sleepiness, Dizziness, Headaches, Abdominal discomfort, Mild anxiety, irritability, confusion and short-lasting feelings of depression.
Magnesium Malate Dosage and Side Effects: Side effects may include headache, muscular pain, and mild gastrointestinal symptoms. The most common side effect is loose stools.
Probiotics: Rarely, they lead to mild digestive problems like flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If probiotics are taken in an increased dose, there are chances of developing headache and infections. may disturb the normal metabolic processes and autoimmune responses of the body.

Prescribed medications: Nortriptyline, Gabapentin, Lexapro, Tramadol, Trazodone

Nortriptyline: Dizziness/lightheadedness, Drowsiness, Confusion, Constipation, Difficulty urinating, Dry mouth, Weight gain/weight loss, changes in libido, Changes in blood sugar levels, Increased sweating.
Gabapentin: Drowsiness, Weight gain, tremors, abnormal thinking, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, headache, and runny nose.
Lexapro: Constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased sweating; light-headedness when you stand or sit up; loss of appetite; nausea; trouble sleeping.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; black or bloody stools; chest pain; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory loss; menstrual period changes; new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still; persistent or severe ringing in the ears;persistent, painful erection; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe dizziness; severe or persistent anxiety or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent headache; shortness of breath; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision changes; worsening of depression.
Tramadol/Acetaminophen: Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; confusion; difficult or painful urination; disorientation; excessive sweating; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; loss of coordination; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, depression); red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures (convulsions); severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; slow or shallow breathing; suicidal thoughts or behaviors; symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the eyes or skin, pale stools, dark urine, persistent loss of appetite); tremor; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.
Trazodone: Blurred vision; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; lightheadedness when sitting up or standing; muscle aches or pains; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain; stuffy nose; tiredness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; bloody or dark urine; chest pain; decreased coordination; fainting; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; new or worsening agitation, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, trouble sleeping, or inability to sit still; prolonged, inappropriate, or painful erections; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or tiredness; shortness of breath; speech problems; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of low blood sodium levels (eg, confusion, persistent headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, unsteadiness, sluggishness, personality changes); tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weight changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
After spending that last two weeks writing this blog – I started to think about the side effects and how many of them do I know that are affecting me. I know that I have about a dozen of them that I can list but – How do I know if it’s the meds? the conditions? or something entirely different.
Later this month I am attending a meeting where a Nutritionist will discuss what is the right dosage for supplements. I hope to get a better understanding of dosages and perhaps how they interact with each other.
Until a Fibromites son or daughter grows up to become the Doctor that creates the Cure All – I’ll do my best to be on as little as possible to make each day as painless as possible.
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