20+ Medications Later With Post Concussion Syndrome

 Post Concussion Syndrome sucks...

Post Concussion Syndrome sucks...

Here is a list of all the medications prescribed to me for my post concussion syndrome. I have included some of the more shocking side effects of each medication. For me, it became so terrible to have doctors change my medications on a weekly basis. It gets to a point where they're prescribing more medication just to combat the side effects of the medication you were initially given. One doctor told me how he was going to go about helping me; I quote " we are going to through medication at the wall, hoping something sticks." He was a Harvard med. school dr. and professor at a very respected hospital..  However, I was a 17 year old kid being dosed with many chemicals that ultimately did not improve my condition. I can't blame him for trying to help, he gave me some valuable information on post concussion syndrome, and he did as any doctor in his situation would have done in 2011. By March of 2012, I decided to stop taking all these medications I was prescribed. I was having panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and not much relief from my pain. I was so overwhelmed with these medications that I stopped taking them cold turkey... not the best idea, but I felt as if I needed to. I couldn't eat anything for 2 weeks, and what I did try to eat I threw up.. I lost 15 pounds in 14 days... I suffered through the withdrawal symptoms and found different ways to treat my pain.  By no means am I saying these medications cannot be helpful, but for me they were not able to solve my problems without drastic side effects. Thankfully, I am no longer taking any of these medications. I took an alternative approach, and became the first pediatric chronic pain medical marijuana patient in Maine. High CBD marijuana changed my life. Find out how.

1. CYMBALTA 20 MG CAPSULE

USES: DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND NERVE PAIN.  

Side effects: Thoughts of suicide, Symptoms of aggression, Irritability, Panic attacks, Extreme worry, Restlessness, Acting without thinking, Abnormal excitement, nausea, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, sweating, unusual bruising or bleeding, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark-colored urine, fever with sweating, confusion, racing heart, and muscle stiffness, extreme weakness, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, swelling in other parts of the body, trouble breathing or swallowing, a blistering or peeling rash, chest pain, difficulty breathing, worsening depression...

2. AXERT 6.25 MG TABLET 

Uses: to treat migraines.

Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, sensation of tingling numbness or prickling, dry mouth, chest pain, jaw pain, fainting, pounding heartbeat, vision changes, weakness of one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, serotonin syndrome, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, unusual restlessness...

3. KETOROLAC (TORADOL) 10 MG TABLET 

Uses: short term treatment of moderate to severe pain

Side effects: upset stomach, unusual tiredness, vomiting, constipation, fainting, hearing changes, pounding heartbeat, liver disease, swelling of face and throat... 

4.TROPIRAMATE 25 MG TABLET 

Uses: to control seizures(epilepsy) and prevent migraine headaches

Side effects: tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, tingling of the hands/feet, loss of appetite, bad taste in your mouth, diarrhea, weight loss, confusion, slowed thinking, trouble concentrating or paying attention, nervousness, memory problems, speech/language problems, suicidal thoughts, kidney stones...

5. MAXALT 10 MG TABLET 

Uses: to treat migraines, pain, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms of migraines

Side effects: weakness, fatigue, numbness/tingling/prickling sensation, chest/jaw/neck tightness, fainting, slurred speech, pounding heartbeat, confusion, blue fingers, hearing changes, mental/mood changes, hallucinations, loss of coordination...

6. Indomethacin 25 mg capsule 

Uses: to relieve pain, swelling, and joint stiffness caused by arthritis, gout, bursitis, and tendonitis.

Side effects: heart burn, headache, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, swelling of the hands and feet, weight gain, hearing changes, extreme tiredness...

7. Methlyprednisolone 4 mg dosepk 

Uses: various conditions such as allergic disorders, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases...

side effects: stomach upset, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, weight gain, severe stomach and abdominal pain, black stool, increased thirst/urination, pounding heart, shortness of breath, puffy face, mood changes 

8. BUTALB-ACETAMIN-CAF 

uses: to treat tension headaches 

side effects: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, shaking, tremors, shortness of breath, mood changes...

9. ZOFRAN

uses: to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment and radiation. 

side effects: Headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, constipation...

10. IC AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 MG 

Uses: to treat mental mood problems such as depression, it may improve mood, feelings of anxiety, and help you sleep better.

Side Effects: drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vission, weight gain, mask like facial expressions, decreases sexual ability, fainting, seizures, worsened depression, suicidal thoughts...

11. DIAZEPAM 5 MG 3X A DAY VALIUM 

Uses: to treat anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal, and seizures.

Side effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, headache, memory problems, agitation, hallucinations, slurred speech, clumsiness, trouble walking...

12. DRANABINOL 5 MG 

Uses: nausea  associated with chemotherapy.

Side effects: Dizziness, Drowsiness, feeling high, exaggerated sense of well being, slurred speech, weakness, dry mouth, mood changes...

13. AZITHROMYCIN 250 MG TABLET 

Uses: bacterial infections.

Side effects: upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, liver problems, muscel weakness, dizziness...

14. GABAPENTIN 100 MG CAPSULE 

Uses: to calm the brain 

Side effects: emotional ups and downs, slurred speech, changes in thinking clearly, feeling lightheaded, shakiness, changes in balance, problem with how one acts, swelling in the arms or legs weight gain....

15. DIHYDROERGOTAMINE 

Uses: migraines

Side effects: upset stomach, bad taste in mouth, nose irritation...

16. KETORLOLAC IV

uses: short term treatment of moderate to severe pain

Side effects: upset stomach, unusual tiredness, vomiting, constipation, fainting, hearing changes, pounding heartbeat, liver disease, swelling of face tongue and throat, 

17. DIHYDROERGOTAMINE IV 

Uses: migraines

Side effects: Heart attack, upset stomach, bad taste in mouth, nose irritation...

18. ADERALL xr 20 mg

Uses: ADHD

Side effects: trouble sleeping, easily angered, mood changes, anxiety, nervous, loss of appetite, feeling restless, anxious, head pain, low energy...

19. Aderall 10mg

Uses: ADHD

Side effects: trouble sleeping, easily angered, mood changes, anxiety, nervous, loss of appetite, feeling restless, anxious, head pain, low energy...

20. streterra 18 mg 2x a day

Uses: ADHD 

Side effects: suicidal ideation in children under the age of 18, depression, dark urine, irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms... 

21.hydrocodone

Uses: treatment of severe pain

Side effects: chills, depression, nervousness, difficult breathing, blurred vision, changes in consciousness, confusion... 

22. Oxycodone

Uses: treatment of severe pain 

Side effects: severe vomiting, chills, confusion, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, fever, blood in the urine...

23. Providgil 

Uses: narcolepsy

Side effects: Blurred vision, mood changes, memory problems, depression...

 

Disclaimer:

This article is purely informational. I am not a doctor, though I am a patient. This is not advise.