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#1 Sheryl

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:18 AM

My triglycerides are out of control and total cholesterol and Low density Lipoproteins (LDL) is unusually high. My doctors office called me after they received my blood results. I was put on Zocor. I picked up the prescription yesterday and took my first pill within ten minutes of taking my Nexium just before getting ready for bed. I felt instantly funny. I left the kitchen and walked down the hallway towards the bathroom and started to run. I made it to the sink. I got so sick. But what happened is afterwards or between bouts I couldn't catch my breath. Now, that is what started to scare me. I used my fists and started sort of banging on the wall to get my husbands attention. He could hear me gasping and trying to suck in a touch of air. He grabed me at my waistline and sort of rubed up and down kind of hard and maybe squeezing and trying to get me to relax. I finally did but I never had the problem of not being able to suck in air through my mouth. My nose and sinus area were kind of plugged for the moment while I was being sick. The question is, has anyone had this problem with any cholesterol medications. I called the pharmacy last evening and they said sometimes different people have different reactions to new medications. He just said not to take it again without contacting my doctor. He asked if I had been slightly ill at all. I was perfect before taking the pill. I was perfect with 15 minutes after calming down after taking the pill. I am glad I only had noodle soup and crackers for dinner. Maybe it was the fat content in the broth that could have caused the situation. Though I had eaten almost 2 hours before taking the pill so I wouldn't think so. Another thing the doctor started me on quite a high dose of this medication. I will call later this morning after my shoulder therapy and see what developes. I sure hope I don't have to take another pill this evening to see if it was caused by the pill. Duh! I would rather have something totally different. Thanks in advance for any responses. Your friend.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:28 AM

Hi Sheryl,

Wow that sounds scary! You must have been freaking out. Sorry you had such an experience. You mentioned that you took it at the same time that you took your Nexium. Do you think maybe the mix of the two may have caused a reaction? Sometimes on their own, meds are ok but when mixed can cause problems. Just throwing it out there for you.

Hope you get the answer without having to take a "test" dose.
Good luck!!!

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:38 AM

Karenlee, I haven't seen you on posting much lately. I hope you have been doing well. I wondered the same thing last night about the Nexium. I figured the Nexium reduces the acid in my stomach and that would be a good thing. I would have had to take the Nexium afterwards or sometime before going to bed so I did what I thought logically would be best. That is one of the questions I will ask my doctor this morning though. My number one question.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:49 AM

Hi Sheryl,

Good luck with finding out. I hope it's something simple like that.

I haven't been posting lately as I've been overwhelmed with appointments.
Doctors, and tests, and meds, OH MY! Lol Also, as you know my hubby and I are in the throws of dealing with the fertility issue so between that and my sclero appts, I've been in lala land.

I did miss talking to everyone here and plan to be on more often when things settle down a bit. (IF they settle down).

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 01:50 AM

Wow Sheryl:

That's a frightening experience. So glad your husband was there.

One (of the many) rules I live by, is I never take a new prescription at night! Because I always get reactions from one thing or another, I take new meds during the day and if at all possible, like when I used to work, I would be around people just in case I got a reaction. I also made it a point to tell a friend or coworker that I was taking a new med and what the name of the drug was.

Hope you're feeling better this morning :) .

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 02:10 AM

oh, wow, Sheryl, that did sound scary. I haven't had any experience with such a thing. Could it have been a closed throat issue like from anaphylactic shock? I fear I am like you - I'd rather not try it again with that reaction. Let us know what your doctor says.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:40 AM

Oh Yikes! That's terrifying, I remember losing my breath when I had a bad cold a while back, from coughing, and thought that was scary. But this is just oi! Sorry you had to go through that! I hope you figure out what went wrong.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:42 AM

Sheryl,
What a scary experience! Makes you want to just dump the whole bottle down the drain. Glad that you're going to talk to your doctor before taking anymore. Those statins can be quite helpful, but like all medications - can be harmful as well. You mentioned that your doctor started you on a high dose. I found this on rxlist.com.

The recommended usual starting dose is 20 to 40 mg once a day in the evening.

Are you taking more than that? Did she talk to you about using your diet to help bring it into control? My LDL is higher than desired and rather than put me on medication, I was sent to a dietitian. I have to lower the amount of saturated fats (love that butter, hate that margarine) and increase fiber, primarily beans.

I hope you don't have this experience again! Once is enough. Let us know how you do.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 04:22 AM

Oh Sheryl,

How horrible! I bet that threw you into panic mode for sure!!!! Meds are a funny beast, it's so hard to know what is going to happen, how it will affect you, people are all just so different. I will be very interested to see what your doctor says.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 04:32 AM

Sheryl, That is awful! I don't know what would cause that to happen. I'm so glad that your husband was home. I've had a seizure before from a medicine but nothing like that. Let us know what the Dr. tells you.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 06:46 AM

I've stayed close to the phone most of the day. Still no phone call from my doctors office. They might be waiting until office hours are over. I called the pharmacy where I got the prescription filled and they suggested that I take another pill now. Then when the doctor happens to call I can tell him if it truly was the pill last night or something else. I don't know what it could have been. But I just told my husband and he said well that does sound logical. I have to wait at least an hour so I have no other medications in my system. I guess I could try that as long as my hubby happens to be nearby. I told him I would come outside and stand while he works. If anything happens he can do the same thing he did last night. Yikes! I don't know what to do. I might not get sick. My pharmasist said what happened to me sounded more like an Asthma attack. An Asthma attack coming out of nowhere. I hadn't done anything to bring one one. I didn't use the inhaler I have sitting around because I never thought it could be an asthma attack. Still sounds strange to me. The Zocor comes in strenghts from 10 mgs to 80 mgs. I received the 40mgs right off the get go Janey. I will check out the site you sent me and get off my computer so I can leave my line open just in case. I'll keep you posted on this saga soon.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 07:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear what happened! I can't imagine how scared you and your husband were! I hope it is a one-time incident and never happens again. You are being smart in taking the med again when your husband is around just in case. I hope you hear from your doctor soon.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 08:35 AM

Sheryl,
I used to take my Nexium before bedtime, but my GI corrected me. It is supposed to be taken 30 minutes before dinner to keep the acid level down. (I take one in the am too, 30 minutes before breakfast.) You may want to check with your doctor or pharmacist about that.

I hope you don't have anymore reactions to that new med.
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 08:51 AM

Hello Cheryle,
I take the 40 mg Nexium 4 times daily for severe acid reflux. I also take 4 Reglan to help with that situation. At times when I am not having major problems I try to cut back and only take 2 or 3 a day. Within a few weeks I am back to 4 daily. If I don't take one before going to bed I end up getting up in the middle of the night to take one. Sometimes I have to anyways. That counts for my morning pill usually. Sometimes I end up sitting up to sleep it things are really bad.


Okay, I decided to take another Zocor. Nothing happened. No reaction what so ever today. So either it was too much fat content in the box of chicken noodle soup. A reaction with the Nexium, a reaction of nerves causing an Asthma attack. No idea but so far it has been almost an hour and I feel fine. Maybe I will never know what caused it. But I will make sure not to take it with the Nexium just in case. Thanks for all the information, and helpful thoughts. I was really scared to take another pill today. I didn't relish going through last nights adventures once again. Whoo Hoo! I didn't have to.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:39 AM

Sheryl, I am so so sorry you had this trouble! :unsure:

I'll just BET you were scared... I don't know of anyone who wouldn't be, under the circumstances! I'm glad your hubby was helpful in getting you relaxed. Take care, please!

I sure hope that you feel better real soon!
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:17 AM

Eechh Sheryl, that had to be terrifying!! I'm so glad you are alright now....I wouldn't take another one of those pills either....I agree, it's best to check with your Doctor.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:11 AM

Sheryl,

So glad to hear you didn't have another episode. Just keep taking them the way you are and hopefully that was the first and last time that'll happen.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:50 PM

Having been violently ill with nausea and diarrhea with st atins if I was you I wouldn't take any esp mixed with nexium...both are bad in my opinion....you do need some acid in your stomach...Never ever wait for a dr ...esp on a new pill...it isn't going to kill you to not take it in the meantime....good luck kiddo.....as for me I have damaged muscles and periferal neurapathy from statins......wouldn't take one if the dr tried to shove it down my throat......triglycerides?....cut the sugar out of your diet...and limit all carbohydrates...worked for me...my tri's are normal .....

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 07:46 PM

Sheryl,
Sorry to hear about your issues with the drug. Looking at the drug information for Zocor, it specifically mentions to get emergency help in cases like your symptoms. Also, zocor is known have problems like muscle weakness and numbness. I was taking Zocor about 8 years ago and it was causing problems for me.

Also, I thought medications like Nexium prevents acid production during digestion, but it does not help with existing acid in stomach and normally recommended to take 30 minutes before any meal. Does it also help taking at bed time?

My triglyceride was also out of control, I have been able to keep it well under control by taking Vytorin as well as changing my diet. It is a manageable problem and I am sure you will be able bring it under control soon.
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