Dealing with Side Effects
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,
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