I am a person with multiple chronic illnesses. I take medicine for most of those illnesses. Most of the meds I take cause side effects. The most frequent side effect of all of them is drowsiness.
Drowsiness is defined this way:
These synonyms can describe perfectly how someone might feel when they take several different meds for several different medical conditions. Many times, when a person has multiple medical conditions and take multiple medications, there is something that happens called “overmedication” or “I’mOnSoManyDrugsICanBarelyKeepMyEyesOpen”. This can be a big problem.
I recently had to increase my neurontin due to this flare up I’m in the middle of with my feet. (tendinitis & plantar fasciitis). I had only been taking half of what was prescribed because I knew if I took the full dose as prescribed I would be a drooling zombie. But sometimes when the pain is extreme, being a drooling zombie doesn’t always seem all that bad, really.
So I bumped up the dose yesterday and today I found myself trying to wake up from a nap on the couch, moaning and struggling to open my eyes. I finally got my bearings and rose up…..sitting for a minute to acclimate myself to my surroundings. Then I said something really profound. “Wow”, I muttered. “Geezus”, I croaked.
I take four blood pressure meds a day, two of which are notorious for causing “fatigue and drowsiness”. I also take pain medicine, an antidepressant/tranquilizer combo, magnesium glycinate for fibromyalgia, all of which cause drowsiness. At bedtime I take xanax, along with valerian and sometimes add in melatonin, along with another dose of blood pressure meds, and antidepressant. And on top of all that I now take 200mgs of neurontin three times a day. I know some people take more than that, but for me, in tandem with all the other stuff, that feels like enough to drop an elephant.
Problem is, I pretty much need all those things. I take other meds besides those listed that do not cause drowsiness, and I need them too. So I feel like a pill popping machine every day. It’s interesting to try and keep track of everything. Especially when I am so drowsy. LOL Filling my medication organizers (3) takes almost 40 minutes per week.
It would be a wonderful world if the drug companies could figure out a way to create drugs that didn’t also cause drowsiness. It’s hard enough to have a condition that requires that you take something for relief, but then that drug will knock you out when you need to be productive and get things done. Sort of a damned if you do damned if you don’t.
But for now, I am on “down time” with this flare up so it doesn’t really matter if I’m drowsy I guess. I can’t do much of anything anyway. But it’s a disconcerting feeling to be “under the influence” when you don’t want to be.
I have been told that the side effects from the neurontin will ease up after awhile and won’t be as “zombie-inducing” once I’ve gotten used to the dosage. So I guess I’ll use this time to catch up on my sleep. I’ve had insomnia for a long time and am extremely sleep deprived so I decided today that I will make this time useful, and just roll with it and get some shut eye.
Happy Trails….. zzzzzzzzz