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    • #29845
      Wendy Dirks
      Participant

      Hello, all –

      I haven’t been very active here over the summer as I have been dealing with a lot of medical issues and haven’t been very well. But I am here now and curious about how people deal with side effects. I have CHP, a somewhat different form of PF than many of you, and take mycophenolate mofetil. I think a few people here have been on this drug though – aka Cellcept. Recently I was prescribed a steroid nasal spray, mometasone furoate, and gabapentin for my cough.

      My dosage of MMF was increased over the summer and the side effects completely flattened me. I had nausea, fatigue, depression, shaking hands, you name it, I had it! It took weeks but I finally feel as if I am adjusting to the higher dose and feeling better. Then I started gabapentin last week and the side effects are once again knocking me for a loop. About half an hour after I take a capsule, I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus but that does clear up a bit after another half hour or so. I also have headaches. The nasal spray is giving me a sore throat.

      Have any of you who have taken gabapentin got any advice? Do the side effects improve with time the way they do with MMF? I hate giving up on something that will help in the long run just because of side effects that will eventually reduce. I’ve had the nasal spray in the past and went down to taking it only at night because of the sore throat.

      Thanks in advance and best wishes,
      Wendy

    • #29846
      Marianne
      Participant

      Hi Wendy –

      We missed you.  Glad you are feeling a bit better.  Have you tried any over the counter nasal sprays?  I use Simply Saline Nasal Mist by Arm & Hammer.  It is drug free.  It seems to help me.  I don’t get any sore throat from it.  I only use it as needed.  Also, have sometimes use a saline gel and a lubricating gel which is water based.  I use these to help keep my nose from being so dry with the oxygen.

      I do not currently take any medicine for my cough but I am considering it as my cough has been increasing recently.  Many of the cough products doctors in the states prescribe are pretty powerful.  I don’t want to take any more medicine than is absolutely necessary. Pretty sure from last PFT and 6 MN walk test that doctor will be increasing my oxygen.

      Marianne

      • #29849
        Wendy Dirks
        Participant

        Thank you, Marianne! I haven’t tried any over the counter nasal sprays. My main problem is postnasal drip which aggravates my cough terribly. So the steroid in the spray is to stop the inflammation in my nose rather than the dryness. Apparently sore throats are the most common side effect from mometasone spray. Knowing it doesn’t help!

        I hope if your oxygen is increased it will help you. I am now using 4 lpm 24/7. My sats still go down if I overexert myself so I have gone back to physiotherapy and am working on a home exercise program to help me stay fit. I told the physio that I missed dancing and he encouraged me to try and dance a little – modify it, he said. So I did this week and it was really fun. I managed one James Brown song.

        Best wishes,
        Wendy

      • #29886
        Brian Davy
        Participant

        I have been taking gabapentin for a few years now ,it was prescribed for a cough

        Cough comes and goes depending on the time of year and weather

    • #29862
      Debra Lowder
      Participant

      Wendy, I’m taking Gabapentin for pain and as a muscle relaxer. I only take it when I’m going to sleep (at night), so the side effects don’t bother me. What are you taking it for?

       

    • #29863
      Debra Lowder
      Participant

      Wendy, I’m taking Gabapentin for pain and as a muscle relaxer. I only take it when I’m going to sleep (at night), so the side effects don’t bother me. What are you taking it for? Debra

       

    • #29883
      Karen Boettin.
      Participant

      I also take gabapentin at night no side effects .

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